March 03, 2014

New ABA book addresses the legal implications of blogging

CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2014 — Anyone with a blog should understand the legal implications of publishing their thoughts on the Internet. Written by a blogger for bloggers, “The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers” addresses the full scope of legal issues that accompany blogging, including intellectual property, criminal law, employment law, professional conduct and much more. In this book, experienced attorney Ruth Carter explains bloggers’ rights, discusses real-life examples of what can go wrong and offers advice about how to avoid the common legal pitfalls of blogging.

“The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers” will help readers:

  • Understand the First Amendment rights of bloggers.
  • Register and protect their blog’s copyright.
  • Legally integrate others’ work into their blog.
  • Protect confidential sources.
  • Understand the legal risks of comments and guest posts.
  • Avoid defamation and invasion of privacy threats.
  • Learn about state and federal laws related to blogging.

Carter is the owner of Carter Law Firm in Phoenix. Her practice focuses on business formation and contracts, intellectual property, social media law and flash mob law. Carter blogs on her law firm’s website and her personal blog, The Undeniable Ruth.

Title:                      “The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers”
Publisher:              ABA Law Practice Division
Pages:                   204
Product Code:       5110777
ISBN:                     978-1-61438-954-5
Size:                      6 x 9
Price:                     $79.95
Orders:                  800-285-2221 or 

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Lindsay Dawson at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Lindsay Dawson, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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