Come On and Take a Free Ride — Blogging Without Infringing


The wonder of the internet is the speed and ease with which it allows us to share

information. Before it can be shared, however, this information must be produced

or procured and producing this original content takes time and money. As media

companies move to monetize their online publishing, "free-riding" by blogs that

reuse content to attract traffic to their own sites is increasingly challenged. As print

advertising declines, media companies are less willing to simply give content and

traffic away.

At the same time, it’s never been easier for non-media companies to add news or

content to their website using "free" RSS feeds. Companies who publish blogs, or

whose employees blog, should establish and follow guidelines to avoid claims for

copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, and hot news

misappropriation. Ober|Kaler's Cynthia Blake Sanders explains.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Baker Donelson | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Baker Donelson on:

Popular Topics
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.