Writing content for social media? Protect yourself!
In the past few months, this blog has been successful in working with Google to remove pirating sites, which directly cut and paste all of our content (including PV cards!) directly into their own blog as their own. This broaches the greater question of disclaimers, copyright, and privacy.
Last month, Dr. Steve Carroll (EM Basic) nicely summarized these issues and constructed nice language for anyone’s social media productions. In fact, with his permission, I have incorporated much of the wordings into this blog’s disclaimer section (bottom of About Us).
“For those of us contributing content in the social media arena, despite our good intentions of providing open-access teaching in medical education, we should be cognizant of some of the medicolegal risks out there.” – Steve Carroll, DO
Here is Academic Life in Emergency Medicine’s official disclaimer, privacy, and copyright statement below:
By reading this blog, you agree not to use this blog as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having. This entire disclaimer also applies to any guests or contributors to the podcast or blog. Under no circumstances shall this blog or any contributors to the blog be responsible for damages arising from use of the blog.
Furthermore, this blog should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the blog.
This blog are my own opinions and do not represent the views or opinions of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
This blog is HIPAA compliant. While you may give your email address to subscribe to the website posts or to post information on the website/blog, I will never share your email address or contact information with any third parties without your explicit permission.
The contents of the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine is all copyrighted. All blog posts are distributed to the public for free can be re-distributed via hard copy or electronic copy for free ONLY if the blog is attributed as the acknowledged author within the actual media that is re-distributed.
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