How to Protect Your Rights and Know Your Responsibilities on the Internet

If you are operating a website, publishing a blog or email newsletter, or offering original content online you need to be aware of how Internet laws apply to you. This book makes it easy to learn about both the rights and responsibilities you have when using the Internet.

Cyber Jungle Long before the advent of social media, and the 800-pound gorilla that Facebook has become in that patch, artists, art publishers and art marketers already had moved towards establishing some sort of dominion on the World Wide Web. Since you are reading this blog post, the probability is you have grabbed some digital online real estate yourself, or you are on the verge of doing so.

Statistics show roughly 45% of Americans generate their own online content including videos, podcasts, blogs, Facebook and MySpace pages and online profiles. If you are operating a website, publishing a blog or email newsletter, or offering original content online you need to be aware of how Internet laws apply to you.

You need to know your rights and responsibilities on the Internet

Joy Butler is a Washington, D.C. based Harvard-educated attorney and author. She has written what perhaps is the best legal primer you will ever need to help you fully understand your rights and responsibilities when staking your claim on the Internet. Her new book is  The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence .

The books covers, in easy-to-understand language, how you can protect your online content, select protectable domain names, and comply with privacy obligations to online visitors. You will find copyright, trademark, defamation, patent and privacy are among the laws discussed.

There are certain resources that should be indispensable, this book is one of them. It should be “must” reading for anyone who wants to know to protect their interests and avoid potential problems and serious consequences due to operating in the dark. I read this book after receiving a complimentary review copy. I found it most useful and informative and gladly would pay to have this practical resource on my bookshelf.

Become informed, make better decisions and save money on legal fees

Lawyers will charge you large hourly fees to explain what you find here for a pittance by comparison. That’s not to say it replaces genuine legal advice when needed, but if you don’t have to pay to get the basic understanding of Internet laws, then you come in educated and saving yourself billable hours by learning beforehand what this comprehensive book offers.

Butler also is the author of a book previously recommended here. It is titled The Permission Seeker’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions . It provides detailed guidance for obtaining permission to use quotes, music, artwork, names trademarks, film clips, and other protected materials. As with the book featured here, I read and reviewed this book after receiving a complimentary copy. And, likewise, I believe the invaluable information it provides makes it an easy decision to pay to add to any resource library.

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