Blogging & the Law – Meeting Recap

DSC00639Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday’s Cincinnati Women Bloggers meeting on ethical and legal blogging . We want to thank Bridge Worldwide for hosting and thank both Stacy Cole of Graydon Head Ritchey and Dennis Hetzel of the Cincinnati Enquirer/ for taking time to educate us  on this very important topic.

While the meeting was filled with lots of great information, following is a quick list of some of the things I took away from the meeting.  Feel free to add more in the comments.

  • Information put up on public sites like Twitter, Facebook & Blogs is fair game. If it’s out in public it’s all good. In other words, you cannot claim right to privacy if an employer or potential employer finds questionable content that you’ve published.
  • With regards to blog content, it’s OK to use excerpts and link back to original article, it’s not OK to cut-n-paste entire article, etc.
  • Photo Rights – Simply saying where you grabbed the photo from is not enough. If the photo is copyrighted you need to get permission from the owner.
  • You can be held liable if you intentionally use, link to, or promote pirated work on your blog.
  • You can not be held liable for content others publish to your blog — ie. comments, unless you know they are false, slanderous, etc.
  • Don’t embed videos on your site that you know (or suspect) are in violation of a copyright. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Disclose, Disclose, Disclose.  You’ll be in a much better position with your readers if you keep everything in the open when it comes to your blog (reviews, compensated trips, advertising, etc).
  • Bloggers should have  “notice and take down” procedures for dealing with copyright infringement.
  • The best blogs have personality. Readers want to have someone to connect with.
  • What to be a trusted navigator? Be content and format agnostic.
  • Things to think about — Who is your audience? What do you want your brand known for? Do you care about showing biases? Do you care about accuracy?

Want more from the meeting? Check out the Twitter stream (#CWB) and find photos on the Cincinnati Women Bloggers Facebook Fan page.

UPDATE: If you’d like to review the presentation made by Stacy Cole, you can view it on the Graydon Head Ritchey web site — HERE.

We  want to thank Cincinnati Women Blogger’s member Amy of Amy in Ohio who suggested and arranged for Stacy and Dennis to present.  If you have an idea for a topic or know a speaker we should connect with, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Cincinnatiwomenbloggers(@)


3 Responses

  1. Gee…thanks CWB and all of the Cincinnati Women Bloggers who sent tweets with hash tags on Saturday from the meeting. The recap above is most useful for those of us who couldn’t make the info session.

    Thanks again for all you do for all of us Cincinnati ‘women’ bloggers. I’m honored to have the CWB page listed on my own Simply Said blog as a ‘Blogs I like.’ WordPress should have called that app…. ‘Blogs I Love.’

    Best wishes.

  2. Now that I am working on Saturdays it is getting harder and harder for me to attend these meetings. Ugh. I do appreciate the recap, though. Wish I could have been there.

  3. Man, I keep missing these. I’m going to do my darndest to make it to Oct. I love seeing the recaps – you guys always have awesome events!

    – Krista

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