Last Updated June 2021 by Crystallace
Legal Definitions Bloggers Need to Know
There is a lot of confusing information out there on the internet surrounding legal terms and what they really mean for every day people.
So I saw a perfect opportunity to set the record straight and put some of this law school student loan debt to work. One of the reasons I started blogging was so that I could educate people. So here I am, educating you about common legal terms that you may be seeing around the internet.
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.
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.
Intellectual Property Legal Terms
Trademark-a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.
“™” – 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.
“®” -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.
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.
“©” – a symbol that indicates that somebody legally owns the rights to make and distribute copies of a particular work.
Legal Terms for Bloggers
Here are legal terms that you will hear as it relates to legally protecting your blog or having the proper legal pages that each blog must have.
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.
Legal Terms for Business Owners
If you are looking to start a business, then you will need to familiarize yourself with these terms.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Any other legal terms you are curious about? Let me know in the comments.