How to Make Your Blog Legal

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If you are thinking of blogging, for a business blog or for a personal blog, then there are some steps to take to make sure that it is all legal. If you are blogging just for yourself and will have it set to private, then it is something a little different. But if you are going to be sharing thoughts, news, and opinion with the whole world, then there are some legal hoops that you have to jump through. But better to get it all sorted now, rather than later down the line, right? Here are some of the steps you need to be looking into before you launch a blog.

Privacy Statement

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen so many GDPR emails sent out from anyone whose mailing list you have ever been on. It was because the law changed in Europe around date and privacy, and you have had to re-opt-in to be kept on mailing lists and the like. The same goes for your blog; you need to have a privacy policy to let people know what you do with their data if anything. Even if all you do is get their name and email when they comment, they need to be consenting to it. You can find help online like regulatory compliance made easy, as well as finding generic privacy statements that you can tweak to make your own.

Terms and Conditions

A terms and conditions page, or sometimes called a disclosure page, is almost like a rules page, for you and people on your website. If you aren’t going to accept certain behaviour or certain comments will get deleted, then let them know. It is your chance to let your readers know how you stick to the rules with regard to things like disclosure for paid content, for instance.

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Copyrights

If you don’t have any copyrights on your blog, then it means anyone could steal your work without any repercussions. Copyright is a legal system that is there to help protect you and your work. Often it will come when your blog is designed, but look into if it is not. It is a good idea to make your copyright visible and not just presume that people will know that you have one.

Records and Money Tracking

If your blog is used as a way to generate an income, then you need to be registering as self-employed, even if you only earn a small amount. But from there, it is a legal requirement for you to keep records of your ingoings and outgoings, as anyone from HMRC could ask to see them at tax return time, for example. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, a simple spreadsheet will do. Plus, save all invoices to a folder on your computer, or print them out and file them.

Starting a blog can be a really exciting thing to do, as there is plenty of space for more blogging. Just make sure that things are kept legal and it can grow and thrive from there.

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