Appendix A

Legal and Ethical Issues in Blogging

Legal Issues

The United States legislative and legal system usually lags behind advances in technology. The laws and court precedents involving blogging continue to evolve. Legislators and judges, faced with a new communications medium, have begun to consider blogs’ similarities and differences to traditional media such as newspapers. In most— but not all—cases, the protections extended to traditional media have been extended to blogs, and the violations of the law for which traditional media may be held liable have also been applied to blogs.

We will touch on four major legal issues every blogger should be aware of, but the laws are complex, and this is by no means an exhaustive summary. The most ...

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