Everybody loves a bit of entertainment and if you run a blog you may think that a sure-fire way to increase traffic your way is to link to a few juicy sites that offer either something you can't produce on your own or a bit of gossip -- however, that's also a great way to get sued or end up in jail. If you run a website, there are a few rules that you want to follow to keep yourself out of legal trouble.
1.) Don't link to illegal material.
This is a tricky rule and controversial at best. At an extreme, every search engine that exists would be violating that rule because if you look for illegal material by typing the right words into a search engine, it's bound to come up. However, as a practical matter, you should avoid linking to illegal material to avoid running afoul of copyright and piracy laws.
How serious can it be if you link to a site that allows pirated copies of somebody else's work? Right now, a couple of people are fighting extradition from their home countries (the UK and New Zealand) to the U.S. for operating sites that carried links to copyrighted TV shows. Administrators of other websites that did the same have already received prison sentences and fines.
2.) Don't republish defamatory statements.
This rule can be very complicated to follow because you may not always know whether or not something is defamatory. If whatever is being said happens to be true, it's not defamation of character, no matter how bad it sounds. The problem for you, if you're a blogger, is that you don't always know whether something is true or false. Even photos can be faked and more than one person has been fooled by a fake news story.
Under the law, if you republish defamatory statements, you're liable for the defamation, even if you credit the source of your information. It's important that you take steps to make sure that you only publish information that comes from verifiable news sources that you trust.
3.) Don't count on your anonymity.
If you blog under an assumed name or anonymously, you may think that you can flout the rules. However, there's rarely such a thing as true anonymity on the internet. Most sites used by bloggers record not only the exact time and date that you log in but the internet address of every computer used to access their sites. A judge can easily issue a subpoena to discover the name of an anonymous blogger who has broken the law or defamed someone.
Even places like the so-called "dark web" aren't immune. For example, you only have to look at the case of Ross Ulbricht, the "Dread Pirate Roberts" of an underground marketplace for drugs and other illegal goods. While he didn't sell the goods himself, he operated a portal that facilitated the sale of everything from cocaine to methamphetamines. He's now serving a life sentence.
If you have any questions about the legality of anything you put on the web, talk to a law office, such as King Law Firm, before you post.
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