AV-rated 25+ yr Lawyer and 9+ yr Professional Writer. Blogging since 2006; first e-book published in 2007. Writing for web and print. Consulting with lawyers and writers on SEO and web-writing issues including indie publishing concerns, defamation (online reviews), and copyright infringement matters.
This is boring legal stuff that applies both to my RebaKennedy.com web site as well as this blog. Just so you know ….
It’s All Me.
I own both this web site and blog and I am the only person who contributes to them. If you visit or shop here (should I ever sell anything here, haven't so far), then you accept the following terms and conditions. Please read this information.
I am in Texas. The laws of the State of Texas apply to all that I do here, and by visiting my site or my blog, you agree that the laws of the Lone Star State apply, as well, should any controversy arise between us.
I am providing information here that I think may help you because it’s helped me. Information regarding writing, especially writing that is published on the web, and related legal issues with all that entails.
Everything provided on my web site and blog is provided on an “as is” basis, and I’m not making any representations or warranties, expressed or implied, about the operation of the site or blog or any of the information, content, or products included or referenced here.
If you use my site or blog, then I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful to you as you simplify your life. However, I’m not giving you any guarantees here. By reading my site or blog, you are expressly agreeing that your use of the blog or site is in your wheelhouse and at your own risk. I’m not your doctor, your lawyer, your therapist, your editor, or your grandma.
Insofar as all applicable law allows, I disclaim all warranties, express or implied, that this site, or its servers, or any email sent by me, is free from viruses or other evil and harmful things. I will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the site or the blog.
Now, as for as the substance of the stuff found on my site or blog, I research things and try to be as accurate as possible. Still, we’re all only human and so here’s my legal lingo on this issue:
I do not represent nor do I endorse the accuracy of any of the information found on my site or blog, and this includes the information that can be found on any site or blog that is linked in my content.
The information contained in or accessed from any hyperlinked location is out of my control and I am in no way warranting what those site owners or bloggers are doing or may have done with their stuff. Anyone reading my site or blog acknowledges that if they rely on the stuff that they find on third party sites as hyperlinked in my content is at their sole risk.
I do not collect information here like some other sites or bloggers choose to do, using services like FeedBlitz, for instance. I do not provide newsletters. I do not collect personal information and I do not have any kind of mailing list database. If you send a comment that may have too much personal information from my perspective, then I may edit that personal stuff out of the comment before it’s published to protect your privacy.
Using Content Found on my Site or Blog
All the content placed on either the website or the blog – and this means the written content as well as the graphics, images, data compilations, you get the idea, is my property. I own it.
It is protected by the copyright laws of the United States as well as those copyright laws established in other countries. It’s exciting to think I have readers in other countries and therefore need to mention international copyright laws. Love that.
If I have released something into the public domain, then this will be clearly stated and explained in the blog post, or on the web site page.
I’m fine with your personal use of the content on my web site and blog and I officially grant you the limited license to access my site and blog and read the stuff and maybe even save some of it for your own self. That’s cool, I like the idea that some of this stuff will help you and you want to save it!
However, I have been the victim of thieves taking my stuff and then selling it as their own stuff and that’s not right. Even worse, I’ve had scoundrels take my content and then put it into pdfs and send those puppies out to try and entice people to download those things, which are traps for their malware or other evil plans.
So, here is the official legal lingo that points to that sort of evildoing: I do not grant a license to anyone to take my stuff and modify it, even a part of it, unless they have my written consent on a paper document and my official pen and ink okey dokey to do so.
I do not license anyone to reproduce, copy, duplicate, sell, resell, or in any other way use or exploit for their for-profit or commercial purpose anything on either my web site or blog. I do not license any downloading or copying of anything found on the site or blog for your own commercial use, period.
Comments are great. Love them. However, I hate spam and trolls, too. So I have things set up so I have to approve comments before they appear on the web site or blog. Anyone is welcome to comment, submit suggestions, reviews, ideas, new info, etc. and questions are always great.
However, I reserve the right to edit the stuff that appears on my web site and blog. This means that I reserve the right to omit and not publish anything submitted that is illegal, vile, obscene, threatening, hateful, or objectionable, and this includes submissions that are or may be defamatory, invasive of someone’s privacy, possibly infringing on someone else’s copyright or trademark, or in some other way potentially harmful to third parties.
This reservation of my rights also includes the right not to publish on my site any submissions that have or may include software viruses, political stuff, advertising aka commercial solicitation, mass mailing, or other things that you might consider to be “spam.”
If I think you are using a phony email address, then I reserve my right not to publish your submission. In fact, if I think that your submission is in misleading in any way as to your real identity and purpose, then I reserve the right not to publish it.
As for comments that do get published, by submitting your stuff you are allowing me an irrevocable, non-exclusive, free, and perpetual, right to use that submission on my site and blog, which includes my ability to publish it, modify or change it (for instance, to remove personal information and protect your privacy), translate it, distribute it, and display the content throughout the world in any media.
This includes the right to use your name as you submitted it with your comment. You are warranting that the stuff you submit is your stuff, and that you own the rights to that comment’s content. If you have been sneaky and it’s not really yours, then you will indemnify me for any and all claims that might result from your bad acts here.
Bottom line, I cannot and do not take responsibility and I assume no legal liability for any comments or other submissions that are posted and published here that come from any third party.
Same goes for trying out any products (software, keyboards, etc.). that you read about on my site or blog. Try this stuff and use it at your own discretion and after you’ve done your own research. I will not be legally liable for any harm or injury suffered by someone using a product recommended or discussed on my site or blog, whatever the cause.
If you have any questions on any of these things – or about anything else related to my web site or blog, then please feel free to get in touch with me and ask! The current contact information will be located in the Contact information sections of the web site and blog. (Same stuff in two places.)
I reserve the right to change my mind. I may change anything on the site or blog and that includes this Legal Stuff from time to time. (Legally, I’m reserving my right to modification.)
And if anything here (including the Legal Stuff) is found to be invalid, void, or otherwise not legally enforceable for some reason, then that specific part of the site or blog, will be severed and removed but everything else on the site and blog will not be affected and will still be cool, i.e., it remains valid and enforceable.