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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. Page 1 Info-Tech Researc
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