FIR Interview – Karl Susman, Blogger/Podcaster Insurance: June 1, 2007

In the US, anybody can sue anybody for anything. Whether you’re right or wrong, being sued could cost tens of thousands of dollars just to defend yourself, to say nothing of a judgment against you. It’s an issue that is bound to hit bloggers and podcasters sooner or later, which is why Karl Susman – a blogger and a podcaster himself – found underwriters to provide liability insurance for bloggers and podcasters, which he now offers through his Los Angeles-based insurance agency.

Karl and Shel Holtz spoke about the liability insurance as well as equipment coverage and what it can mean for bloggers and podcasters.

About our Conversation Partner

Karl SusmanKarl Susman runs Susman Insurance in Los Angeles, California. His webpage detailing information on podcaster and blogger insurance can be found at

He can be reached via Skype at karlwireless. He also blogs and podcasts. He also Twitters.

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Bloggers & Podcasters: Libel, Slander, Are You Covered? |

    […] I came across an informative june 2007 podcast hosted by Shel Holtz of NevilleHolmanDotCom with guest Karl Susman. Karl is an insurance guy and a self-proclaimed techie. He dabbled in podcasting, dispensing advice to his listeners…until his wife asked him a simple question. Are we covered, dear? What if someone acts on your advice and it ends badly(jumps off a cliff)? Are we covered….dear? Mr. Susman checks policy, after policy, after policy…er, ah, no..dear…no, we’re totally exposed. […]

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