Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned A-list blogger, there are many legal and practical issues to consider in deciding how to carry on your online publishing activities. We had to start somewhere, so we started at the beginning -- forming a business entity and choosing an online platform. We move on from there to address some other critical issues and questions relating to the mechanics of online publishing.
Here is a list of the topics addressed in this section:
- Creating a Business: In this section, we address the business structures you can use to carry out your online publishing activities. We also provide general and state-specific information on the steps needed to create a sole proprietorship, a partnership, an LLC, a corporation, and a nonprofit organization.
- Deciding Whether and How to Be Anonymous: In this section we look at some of the practical questions that might affect your decision to publish anonymously, including the technical measures you can use to maintain your anonymity online. If you decide to publish anonymously, this section will help you understand how others may be able to use the law to unmask you. This section also provides summaries of key anonymity cases in various states.
- Deciding Whether and How to License Your Content:This section provides information about licensing your work, whether it be audio, video, or merely text. It gives some background on what rights you can transfer and discusses cost-effective options for letting other use your work, including granting a Creative Commons license.
- Journalism Skills and Principles: This page points you in the direction of further resources for learning good journalism skills and principles.