I am not a lawyer so obviously i can't be the one to validate this information but via webworkerdaily.com a pointer to 12 Important U.S. Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know posted at the Aviva Directory. It is good read and certainly a good link to keep around if you are a blogger- so i figured i would do a quick post to record it for myself. In addition to the 12 main points, additional resource links are also included at the end of the post.
Items such as deep linking, image and content reuse etc. are addressed as well as 'user-generated' content on your site- mostly comments. Section 7 and 8 of the post address issues that need to be addressed if you allow people to leave comments on your site.
7. Who Owns User-Developed Content and Can You Delete It
8. The Duty to Monitor Your Blog Comments, and Liability
Just last week, Mario Sunder, community manager at LinkedIn posted a question on LinkedIn Answers asking people what their thoughts on a comments policy for a corporate blog are(question now closed) . The consensus is that you have to think it out and make it apparent on your site (i have to work on that i guess!).