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Is your blog a lawsuit magnet?

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Blogging is long overdue for a few good lawsuits. While free speech and fair use are legitimate and important legal concepts, what goes on in the blogosphere is all too often well beyond what's permissible. Bloggers may be guilty of libel, defamation, copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and a number of other crimes. Whether individual cases have merit is a matter for the courts to decide, but the risks of liability present a clear warning for real estate bloggers who operate in ignorance or disregard of the laws that govern free speech and fair use. Real estate is a lawsuit-prone business, though perhaps not much more so than other professional endeavors. Realty brokers and agents are already subject to a long list of potential liability claims that involve such issues as agency disclosures, antitrust, appraisals, buyer representation, breach of fiduciary duty, commission disputes, confidential information, dual agency, kickbacks, minimum-service agreements, mis...