Category Archives: Legal issues

Are legal disclaimers in e-mail stupid?


Will Schwalbe asks if confidentiality disclaimers on e-mail messages are as stupid as they look. You know the ones: The dense bits of legalese at the end of an e-mail message that say, in essence, that if you aren’t the … Continue reading

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Copyright and the new year


Here’s a question that came up on a technical writing list I subscribe to: If you have a copyright statement in a document that you distribute regularly, do you update the copyright date for the new year?
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Telling the truth: Not just a nice thing to do


In my article about delivering bad-news messages, I said you should “Tell the truth—as much of it, and as early, clearly, and directly as you can.” I gave that advice because it’s just the right thing to do, and also … Continue reading

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Recommended resource: A brief intro to copyright, and 10 big myths about copyright


If you write anything (and I do mean anything) but have never given copyright much thought, do yourself and everyone else a big favor and read Brad Templeton’s articles, A brief intro to copyright, and 10 Big Myths about copyright … Continue reading

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