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What should be included in a disclaimer for a blog?

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A blog disclaimer should include terms of use, hold harmless, copyright policy, privacy statement, advertisers and sponsors and reserve rights. A disclaimer helps to protect the writer from legal liability related to their content.

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What should be included in a disclaimer for a blog?
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The first part of the disclaimer should be the terms of use. These explain to readers that the information provided on the blog is used at their own risk. For blogs that do not provide legal, medical or professional advice, the hold harmless part of the disclaimer explains to the reader that the content is only meant for entertainment purposes.

The copyright policy notes that the writer is the legal copyright holder of the content and that it should not be published or reprinted without their written consent. The privacy statement informs readers that their personal, contact and other information is not sold to anyone or put on spam lists.

The advertisers and sponsors section of the disclaimer explains that the writer is not responsible for the actions of their sponsors or advertisers. This means that problems with items purchased from advertisers on the blog can only be resolved by the seller and not the writer. Lastly, reserve rights indicate that the writer has the right to sell, shut down or change the focus of the blog at their own discretion.

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