Many of you have heard of disclosures, legal statements that disclose the fact that you are blogging to make money, and being paid to blog. What about disclaimers? Should your blog have a disclaimer? Does it need one?
A disclaimer is a statement that basically holds you, and all who blog on your blog, harmless from prosecution. Disclaimers can be placed in the footer or sidebar, if short, or on a Page with the link in your footer or sidebar, or even at the bottom of your blog posts or comments form.
Here are some examples.
Examples of Blog Disclaimers
WPPlugins’s disclaimer is pretty basic and covers most of the protection a blog may need.
All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. wpsplugin makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis. payday advance
Alex blog disclaimer is a little less formal and includes an update which covers an explanation about the chronological nature of blogs:
This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.
(Updated May 29 2005): In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time…I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various memes running around my brain, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today. payday advance
The Legal Disclaimer
I went hunting for some “legal” disclaimers, those written by lawyers or for legal policy style blogs and found Business School Blog disclaimer:
The opinions expressed by the Student Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Rutgers Business School or any employee thereof. Business Schools is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Student Bloggers. payday advance
While not filled with legaleeze, it’s simple deniability of responsibility for blog content and comments is nice. It’s easy to read and does the job.