There are many potential issues, both legal and ethical, when making a web-zine that must be considered.
Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. While this can last of several years, most copyrights usually last for a limited time, at the end of which the copyright has be be renewed. Some of the biggest threats to a web-zine is the potential copyright risks. A web-zine must work within the parameters of international copyright. This is especially important if the web-zine is profit based, as this can lead to court battles.
Discrimination can pose a severe ethical threat to any industry, web-zines included. Staff for the web-zine must be chosen via their merits, giving equal opportunities, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. Additionally, the web-zine should avoid content that could be deemed offensive to a particular group, not only to appeal to a large number of people, but to help generate community.
For people to feel safe, a web-zine must give its visitors a promise of security and privacy. The Data Protection Act 1998 defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. Our web-zine must respect the Data Protection Act, as any personal information not given with the owner’s permission can be held against the web-zine’s owner in a court of law.