Yes. Webmaster liability makes you accountable for what you post, or allow to be posted on your internet blog. As internet use grows and blogging sites become more popular, the number of blog related lawsuits will continue to increase.
What Can I Be Sued For?
Law suits can be brought against blog operators for:
- Defamation: Libel (see Online Libel)
- Copyright Infringement (see also Copyright Infringement of Your Website and Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act)
- Trademark Infringement (see also Meta Tags)
- Trade Secret Violations (see Trade Secrets and the Internet)
- Right of Privacy
- Publication of Private Facts
How Can a Blog Operator Limit Legal Liability?
There are several steps that you can take to protect yourself from lawsuits arising from your blog. First, your blog should contain some sort of disclaimer of liability. Second, you should not knowingly post libelous statements (statements which state a defamatory fact). Third, you should be careful about posting material from other websites on your blog. Fourth, you should review, and edit or delete, any posts made by others that you know to be defamatory. Last, you should never publish any private or personal information about other people without their consent. By taking these steps you can limit your exposure to liability.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you are involved in a civil dispute regarding an Internet blog you should contact a civil attorney. They will be able to advise you on any defenses that may be available to you. Additionally, they may help you settle your dispute without going to trial. LegalMatch believes free speech is essential to our democratic form of government. To further the cause of Free Speech, LegalMatch will agree to defend any blogger who displays their "Free Speech" icon - learn more about protecting your right to free speech on the web.