I sat in on the Legal Matters class at SNAP! taught by Danielle Liss, a lawyer who specializes in social media and contract law. I learned so much great info that I really want to recap that class.
This post might be so incredibly boring for most of you. But to those of you who are bloggers, I think it’s really important information that you should be incorporating into your job. I’ll try to make it super straight forward and as interesting as I can!
If you write any posts in payment or possibly product, you should have a contract. That sounds super formal, I know. But so much as an email exchange can be considered as a contract. I do lots of sponsored posts that don’t all have formal signed contracts, but if it REALLY came down to it (which seems highly unlikely) there would at least be a paper trail. That being said, if you ever enter into an agreement by your own initiative, you should include a contract. And vice versa: if a company requests that you sign a contract, be sure to read through it to see that there are no weird things in there.
A contract includes these items:
Consideration: How much the person will be paid (or compensated.)
Term: How long the person will do the work for. Any changes to this must be made in writing.
Confidentiality: This means no disclosure of trade secrets or confidential information.
Non-Disparagement: Don’t talk badly about the company if things go south. You should ask for mutuality in this, meaning that the company will not talk badly about you.
Non-Compete: This means that if someone works for you and learns your trade, you request that they won’t work in your area of expertise for a certain length of time or certain area where you work.