By Kevin O'Keefe

Comment disclaimers on blogs? More legalese needed?

Comment disclaimers on blogs, though not necessary, may be a good idea in some cases posts Jerry Lawson at Netlawblog.

The United States Code (47 USC 230) gives bloggers some protection against libel suits based on the theory the blogger is the publisher of the comments. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a good related FAQ.

Jerry noted that patent lawyer Stephen Nipper’s Invent Blog supplements this protection with a disclaimer.

NOTICE: As such, the comments on this blog were, are and will always be the solely the opinions of the individuals leaving them. In no way does The Invent Blog or Stephen M. Nipper endorse, condone, agree with, sponsor, etc. these comments.

Any information in the comments should be taken at your own risk. Caveat emptor.

To each their own, but I suggest using a standard disclaimer across the site. Adding more legalese to blogs can be a turn off to lay people. Those people include both your prospective clients and those who you hope will follow your blog and write about your posts on their blogs.

When it comes to my blog, I want to be more like one of them, none lawyers, than one of us.

Kevin O'Keefe
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