Hello there creative genius…
As you continue to build your super-amazing blog you have probably considered guest blogging for others…
Because they need to witness your brilliance. Right?
Yes. The legal stuff that everyone ignores.
Before you commit to moonlighting on your neighbor’s cyber space make sure that you have the answer to these important legal questions:
1. Know who owns the content.
The larger the blog or media outlet the more rights that you are inclined to give away. That is perfectly okay, as long as the trade off (ahem, visibility) is worth it. In some scenarios, you will give the publication a license to republish the work, along with the right to copy, modify, adapt, publish, make, sell, create derivative works (works created based on your original work). Make sure that you are okay with your work possibly being syndicated to other outlets. In other situations, you may give full ownership of your work. This will happen most often when you are freelancing as a paid contributor.
Either way, don’t skip out on reading the fine print. Nobody likes a surprise.
2. You are legally responsible for your content.
3. Clarify whether the post needs to be original.
Guest blogging opportunities are exciting, and you deserve to celebrate. But, don’t gloss over the essentials.
Do you guest blog for other sites? Are there tips that you want to share?
This post is a part of the iBlog legal series. Read the rest of the series here.