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Blogging: How Something Seemingly Innocent Can Spawn Legal Problems

“It’s my blog. I can write whatever I want. If you can’t handle what I write, then leave.”

That’s a common line that we see in almost every forum that has a bit of vitriol in it. Truth be told, this attitude often seems to be a hallmark of a poorly-handled blog and a poorly-attuned blogger.

While, yes, while it’s true that the Internet indeed allows us to voice our repressed thoughts and emotions, this shouldn’t be an excuse for you to wantonly disregard the welfare of other people.

And that welfare doesn’t limit itself to the physical, but also extends to the virtual and the nominal. You see, a person’s reputation holds real value in the eyes of the law. While it’s easy to see why you would have a misconception that the law is meant to protect your life, freedom, livelihood, and property, it also protects your honor, which to some, is even more valuable than their very lives.

This article illustrates how the problem has been on the rise even during the infancy of the Internet, back when the Internet’s popularity was only budding. For a point of reference, at the end of 2014, there have been about 17.4 million dollars worth in court judgments that were made against bloggers.

And well, it’s definitely going to be in your best interest to avoid becoming part of such a number, especially since that number has almost assuredly inflated over the years. These are the things you should check your post for before you publish your blog:

Threats and Harassment

A blog should be used as a means to share information and to an extent, constructive opinions. If a blog is used as a means to intimidate or to instill fear in others, then, depending on what was said, why it was said, and the way is was said, you may need to hire professionals like these Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers.

Compromising Information and State Secrets

While medical records can fall within this category to a lesser degree, you should be truly wary of the information you're sharing on your blog when it involves matters of national security. There’s a very good reason that the author of wikileaks was arrested, and the website shut down. There are lives at stake with the very information that’s being shared.

Copyright Infringement

It’s a rare case for a blog to reach a level of copyright infringement to the extent that criminal charges would be deemed a necessary measure. However, that does not mean that it’s not a possibility. Intellectual property is still deemed the property of a legal entity and thus, may not be used freely.

So, really, it’s as easy to be a lawful blogger as it is to be a lawful citizen.But if you ever find yourself in a legal situation, consider getting yourself a criminal lawyer in Sydney (if you are based there, of course). Operate your blog in good faith and ensure that you do not bring any harm to anyone and you should be fine.

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Comment by Donna Kristine Manley on July 3, 2019 at 2:30pm

This is a great article with good advice. Thank you for sharing. 

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