Unfortunately, we have a relatively small number of very hard-working attorneys, so we do not have the resources to defend everyone who asks, no matter how deserving. This legal guide is based on the laws in the United States, where there is a strong constitutional protection for speech.
If we cannot assist you, we will make every effort to put you in touch with attorneys who can. We also encourage you to review and use our extensive web archive of legal documents at Many other countries do not have strong protections, making it easier to sue for speech.
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The Bloggers' FAQ on Privacy covers "publication of private facts" law, which is designed to protect a person's private information, even if the information is truthful.
It also addresses "intrusion into seclusion" law, which is designed to protect people's privacy and their interest in being left alone. In our litigious society, there are many "causes of action" — reasons for initiating a lawsuit — which a creative and determined plaintiff can dream up.
Accordingly, an author's decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment." (Mc Intyre v. If you try to blog anonymously through a third-party service, you may be subject to subpoenas seeking your identity from your blogging service provider.
EFF has written a guide to blogging anonymously that may help you, and Reporters Without Borders has a guide to anonymizing technology.
If you know of a similar guide for your own jurisdiction or feel inspired to research and write one, please let us know. We don't have the expertise or resources to speak to other countries' legal traditions, but we'd like to work with those who do. While the Constitution and federal laws, such as copyright law or Section 230, apply nationwide, many laws that affect bloggers vary from state to state.
For example, defamation, reporter shield laws, and privacy laws are defined by each state (within constitutional boundaries).
Here you can also learn about the right of publicity, which is relevant if you want to use someone's name or image in a commercial context.
Trade secret law concerns the protection of confidential corporate information; for more information see the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse's FAQ on trade secret law.
Generally, you face the same liability issues as anyone making a publication available to the public, and receive the same freedom of speech and press protections.