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									Weblog Policy
Introduction: How to Use This Tool
As weblog use continues to grow, it is critical that a company protects itself from litigation due to
inappropriate or illegal content posted on the corporate weblog. Use this weblog disclaimer and
policy as a basis for protecting a company from litigation arising from weblog issues.

Scope
There are several ways the corporate weblog can pose a legal threat to the enterprise. The
following examples are not exhaustive, but will provide you with an idea of how blogs can go
wrong.

       A disgruntled employee or ex-employee posts confidential information or trade
        secrets, thus leaving the company open to lawsuits from business partners,
        customers, etc.

       An executive inadvertently makes an off-hand or off-color remark. These blogs
        could be treated as official business communications, therefore falling under
        certain laws or rules of governance.

       A third party contributor (i.e. an outside respondent to an existing blog) posts a
        blog that contains links to illegal Web sites or materials. This opens the door for
        legal complications and damage to the company’s reputation.

Example Disclaimer
Here is an example disclaimer you could post on the corporate blog site. Please consult legal
counsel before posting – or acting on – legal disclaimers.

“Any views, opinions, or thoughts articulated in postings and/or comments from third party
contributors to this weblog do not in any way represent the views of [company name], its
employees, managers, customers, or business partners.”

Example Terms and Conditions of Use
Here is an example of terms and conditions of use that you could post on the corporate blog site.
Again, please consult legal counsel before posting – or acting on – legal documentation.

    1. [Company name] is responsible for physically handling all content on this weblog. As
       such, we reserve the right to edit, amend, withhold, or reject any comments or entries
       that are deemed libelous, derogatory, controversial, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.
       When submitting an entry or comment to this weblog, you are of the understanding and
       agreement that the message(s) you post is subject to change, deletion, or outright
       rejection without notice or explanation.




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