I had a chat with my friend Prince Campbell (a/k/a Chartreuse) this weekend, which isn’t all that out of the ordinary.
What made it a bit different was the cease and desist letter he had received from Time, Inc.
It goes without saying that he hadn’t called me to chat about basketball.
In addition to his Chartreuse blog, Prince runs a blog devoted to all things Angelina Jolie. And like the owners of a lot of other celebrity blogs, he had published the leaked photos of Baby Shiloh (a Brangelina Production™) that People Magazine reportedly paid more than $4 million for.
We discussed the ins and outs of the situation, and the possible consequences. The potential downside was worse than he had thought, and he wisely took down the photos.
The fact that we are all “publishers” now subjects us to quite a bit of legal liability that we may not fully appreciate, and it goes way beyond copyright law. In fact, my first foray into entrepreneurialism was thanks to Internet marketing law.
After brashly quitting my big law firm job in 1997 and moving to Austin without a job (or a clue), I realized that the Internet knowledge I had was valuable to fledgling web entrepreneurs. So I ended up publishing a simple ezine on Internet marketing law to see if I could drum up some business.
It ended up being quite lucrative.
I guess if I had any sense I’d still be working that angle, but I’m having too much fun to look back. Luckily there are guys like Bob Silber who are serving Internet marketers quite well.
Bob is known as one of the world’s most respected authorities on Internet Marketing law. He is legal counsel to some of the Net’s most successful marketers, and advises and protect authors, publishers, experts, speakers and Internet marketers and their creative works.
I bring it up because Bob will be doing a free, no-hype, non-promotional telecast/webcast tutorial this Wednesday, June 14, 2006. He’ll be interviewed by Mark Joyner as part of the Simpleology personal development course (which is also free to join, and an excellent resource).
Check it out here. While no substitute for legal counsel, this information can at least help you avoid making mistakes that can be damaging to your business.
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