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Facebook Promotion Guidelines

UPDATE: Facebook changed their promotion guidelines on May 11, 2011. This post reflects information regarding promotion guidelines prior to that date. I have provided an update to Facebook promotion guidelines. Technically, Facebook promotions and giveaways are not a legal issue. However it has come up quite a bit so I figured it's an important topic. [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:30:07-07:00April 1st, 2011|Business Law, Facebook, Giveaways, Social Media|13 Comments

Contract Law Basics In Plain English

Monetization, ad-sponsored content and conference sponsorship discussions have become more and more prevalent among the blogging community. I’ve noticed that the issue of contractual obligations has started to come up. Throughout the twitter stream I see pleas for sponsorships, giveaway donation, reviews and so forth. In addition, as bloggers, often we agree to a number [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:29:15-07:00March 18th, 2011|Blogging, Business Law|15 Comments

FTC Disclosures and You

On December 1, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated their rules regarding advertising disclosures. It was the first time that the rules specifically brought bloggers under the FTC rules and guidelines. And the blogging world, since then, has been trying to figure out what to do. The FTC provisions are set out in 16 [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:28:17-07:00March 15th, 2011|Blogging, FTC Disclosure, Social Media|20 Comments

What Type of Business Should I Form?

  If you’ve been blogging for any time, you’ve probably come across people who have talked about incorporating yourself/your blog.  Blogging as a business is not a new phenomenon.   Making money from blogging, however, is becoming a reality for more and more people.  As such, you may want to consider becoming a business.  Why, you [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:27:38-07:00March 11th, 2011|Business Law|10 Comments

Copyright and Recipes In Plain English

Recipe Copyright Explained in Plain English One of the most asked questions I get has to do with recipe copyright. It's very upsetting for food bloggers to see their work copied verbatim. Unfortunately, unlike photos or images, all words don't carry the same weight when it comes to copyright. Recipes are one of those [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:41:11-07:00March 1st, 2011|Blogging, Copyright|29 Comments

10 Tips About Online Copying

If Imitation is the highest form of flattery, please don't flatter me!. When I first started writing on to this information superhighway in about 1993, back when it was indeed called the World Wide Web, there was so little content no one really worried about what other people did. In the 17 years I’ve [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:41:36-07:00February 22nd, 2011|Blogging, Copyright|16 Comments
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