Website Legals - Domain Names
Recent years have seen a number of court cases on cybersquatting.
This is where a domain name is registered that uses brands or product
trademarked names as the domain. The purpose of the registration
is NOT for use as a website, but to ellicit large sums of money
from the owners of the brand or product.
Just because a domain name is available, does not mean that it
does not infringe a trademark somewhere.
Website Legals - Onsite Requirements
Google and other large search engines are becoming smarter in what
they include in their ranking algorithm. Having online legals is
important, not only for litigation prevention, but also SEO.
Online legals should include:
- Disclosure Statement - tells who you are and
what you do
- Privacy Statement - explains what information
you collect on the site visitor and what you do with any information
- Acceptable Use Policy - a brief summary of
what we expect from you when you are using our site
- Conditions for Use of this Site - A full legal
tricky this one, as even if you deem that continuing to read or
use this site deems you to have accepted the Terms; this is not
necessarily binding. So be careful of your terminology. A contract
between two parties requires both offer and acceptance. Just because
you offer something, such as a condition, does not mean that the
visitor accepts it. But they would have a much harder time bringing
charges against you if your terms are clearly stated on each page.
It's very important to understand the legal requirements if your
site targets minors or those under the age of 13.
Requirements and laws vary from country to country so check your
DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer and this is
not to be construed as legal advice. It is merely a guideline as
to what legal aspects you need to consider when publishing online
A simple Google search will find a number of good sites offering
free advice for your location.
One of my favourites is FreeAdvice.com
If your question has not already been covered, you can post a question
on this site for free response.
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