Guide to Laws for Bloggers in California

If you’re a blogger in California, there are some important areas of the law you should know about in order to protect your work and help you stay out of legal trouble.

1. Laws about Internet, Social Media, and Email

This is an obvious area of law for bloggers, but it changes pretty frequently so be sure to keep up at our Guide to Internet Law in California. 

2. Reviews and/or endorsing products or services

Do I need to disclose my relationship to products I review or endorse?

If you have an affiliate relationship with a company (they give you a cut for sales you direct to them) and you publish a review or endorsement of that company’s products, you must disclose that affiliate relationship.1see FTC guidance on testimonials and endorsements

3. Privacy Law

If you write about or post photos of people, you need to know about privacy law in California.

4. Copyright

It’s very important to have a good understanding of copyright law, in order to protect your own work, and to avoid being sued for copyright infringement.

5. Free Speech

You should generally know about free speech rights and laws.

6. Journalism

If you write about “newsworthy” stories, you should know about the laws for journalists in California.

7. Business Law

Is my blog a business?

If you make any money from your blog, such as through advertising, e-commerce, or other means, you are a business. Thus you need to know about California business law.

Can I protect my blog name and prevent others from using it?

If you are making any money from your blog, you may have rights to the blog name. This is called “trademark.”


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Related Pages

Internet

Business Law

Trademark

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