16 Legal Terms Every Blogger Should Know

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1. Trademark-a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.

2. “” – a symbol that indicates that the mark before it is a Trademark. It is usually used for unregistered Trademarks. Meaning, the symbol is in the process of being Trademarked.

3. “®” -a symbol that indicates that the mark before it is a Trademark. It is usually used for registered Trademarks. Meaning, the symbol is in fact registered with the United States Government.

4. Copyright-the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

5. “©” – a symbol that indicates that somebody legally owns the rights to make and distribute copies of a particular work.

6. Privacy Policy – a document that notifies visitors about your collection, storage and use of their personal information.

7. Terms of Use-Terms of service (also known as terms of use and terms and conditions); the legal agreements between a service provider and a person who wants to use that service. The person must agree to abide by the terms of service in order to use the offered service.

8. Disclaimer-a notice that is placed on your website in an effort to limit your liability for the outcome of the use of your site.

9. Business Entity – is an entity that is formed and administered as per corporate law in order to engage in business activities, charitable work, or other activities allowable. Most often, business entities are formed to sell a product or a service.

10. EIN-An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a unique identification number that is assigned to a business entity so that it can easily be identified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

11. LLC-A Limited Liability Company, most commonly called an LLC, is a legal business structure that protects your personal assets (your home, car, and personal bank accounts) in the event your business is sued.

12. Operating Agreement-An operating agreement is a key document used by LLCs because it outlines the business’ financial and functional decisions including rules, regulations and provisions. 

13. GDPR-The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

14. CCPA-The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a California state law that enhances the privacy rights and consumer protection for residents of California.

15. DCMA– The Digital Millennium Copyright Act. A DMCA notice informs a company, web host, search engine or internet service provider that they are hosting or linking to material that infringes on a copyright.

16. Cease and Desist – a letter that is sent to an individual or business to stop illegal activity (“cease”) and not to restart it (“desist”). The letter may warn that if the recipient does not discontinue specified conduct, or take certain actions, by deadlines set in the letter, that party may be sued.

Always secure the bag,


from the lawyer next door,
Crystallace Fenn

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