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Untangling the Web (Part 2)

A 10-step checklist for church leaders.

Many churches have their own website on the internet, and for good reason. A website is a great tool for promoting the mission and ministries of a church, and for sharing information with members. But few church leaders are aware that there are several legal and tax issues associated with the use of church websites, and unfamiliarity with these issues can result in unexpected liabilities. Part one addressed five issues associated with church websites:

  • Issue #1: copyright infringement
  • Issue #2: trademark infringement
  • Issue #3: the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
  • Issue #4: invasion of privacy
  • Issue #5: pedophiles

In this article we will address five more:

  • Issue #6: defamation
  • Issue #7: political campaign activities
  • Issue #8: charitable contributions
  • Issue #9: engaging in "commerce"
  • Issue #10: sales taxes

Issue #6: Defamation

Any statements on a church website that are false, and ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • September 1, 2009

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