How to Stay Out of Hot Water

You asked for more “behind the scenes” from my business so this morning I recorded a quick video sharing one of the steps I’ve taken to protect my online business.  We’re never totally safe from risk when we’re in business (or alive), but there are smart things we can do to operate legally and stay out of hot water.

Internet laws are confusing.  This book makes them less confusing.  Attorney Mike Young explains, in language we can understand without a law degree, the importance of things like website disclaimers, email signatures, copyrights (including public domain, creative commons and other important topics for bloggers), and more.

Click here if you can’t see the video above.

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  1. Hi Michelle
    Sounds like a good buy.

    Copyright is a minefield so the book would be worth it just for that chapter.

    BTW – well done on the video.
    Means I can type and listen at the same time.
    Keith Davis recently posted… Keep it short- keep it sharpMy Profile

    1. It’s a great deal for the amount of info packed into. I forgot to mention it in the post (oops!) but his blog is also very worth subscribing to:

      Copyrights and trademarks are not the easiest subject, I agree.

      And thanks! I’m hoping to do more video once I get the hang of it. I took a great video class over the weekend.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Grab the Scissors & Duct Tape Before You Publish that Post!My Profile

      1. Hi Michelle
        ” I took a great video class over the weekend.”
        Sounds as though you are really getting into video.
        The up and coming medium.
        Keith Davis recently posted… Keep it short- keep it sharpMy Profile

  2. This is such great information, Michelle. Thanks for the useful info. It’s great to have this advice right when I’m just getting started on my blog/businesses. Thanks again! You’re awesome.
    Steve recently posted… You Can’t Be Oprah…so quit trying!My Profile

    1. It’s great to have this info when you’re getting started — makes it much easier to build as you go and sleep at night knowing you’ve done things right.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… How to Stay Out of Hot WaterMy Profile

  3. Thank You Michelle,

    We are right in he middle of having a lawyer look over our client contracts. I want to make sure all of our policies and contracts are clear. It seems like it could be easier to be ripped off when you do not ever meet the other person.

    There is no doubt I could use Mikes book.
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    1. That’s a very wise move, Sheila.

      I’m really glad I grabbed a copy. Even the things I already knew (like not to send spam!) it’s reassuring to see in black and white what’s smart, what’s not so smart (even if it’s technically legal) and what’s plain going to get us in trouble.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… How to Stay Out of Hot WaterMy Profile

  4. Hi Michelle Shaeffer,
    Thanks for the information.The video was worth a watch for a young entrepreneur like me.I am surely going to get one copy.Thanks again.

    1. You’re welcome and I’m glad it was helpful. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. Wonderful job on your video, Michelle, and thanks for directing us to Mike’s blog and book.

    I’ll be honest — I hate thinking about “legal liabilities”. It’s not a subject that’s exactly at the top of my priority list or one that’s very pleasant to think about. But I can only imagine the potential backlash from not focusing on legal matters regarding your business. Ouch. :(
    Melanie Kissell recently posted… Limit Email To 140 CharactersMy Profile

    1. Thanks, Melanie. Yes, it’s one of those things that’s easy to overlook, yet very important.

  6. Now that I’m becoming more aware of all the ways to get in trouble with the FTC, I know I need to learn more about how to protect myself online. Thanks for this resource. Going to check it out now!!

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  7. ok now I must get this! Thanks Michelle!
    Dana recently posted… In need of self-compassionMy Profile

    1. It’s a really helpful book, Dana. :)
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