More Safeguards For Your Blog..

So my last post was about how to secure your blog after letting someone go. Today, I received a treat in my e-mail from that individual’s attorney. The dreaded subject line?

DMCA Copyright Claim

This guy had been writing on our blogs for over 3 years, but he decided to leave the site after a disagreement with management. He decided that everything he posted was his property, and that I was violating his copyright by keeping it up on the site. Now, reading through other cases on the web, this seems to be a pretty grey area.. But I don’t have the time to fight with lawyers while the rest of my other sites suffer.

I complied with the request, and deleted nearly 6000 posts. The SEO ramification are going to be a nightmare, but I look at old content as just that. OLD. It’s time for his replacement to come in and start churning out new content, and getting new visitors to the site. Not an ideal situation in the least, but it is what it is.

So how do you protect yourself if you have outside people contributing to your blog?

Get something in writing from the people contributing to your site! Whether it’s a Terms & Condition statement that spells out the copyright issue, or a “contract” that you have all new writers fill out, you just need something should things go South. We thought we’d be working with this guy until the bitter end, but it just goes to show you that’s not always the case.

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