Privacy Policy? What website legal documents do you really need?

The number and type of website legal documents your website needs depends a lot on the site’s subject matter. For example, a website that sells toys for kids has different legal requirements than a site that sells consulting services to businesses. 1. Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Refund Policy The foundation for website legal protection consists of the site’s privacy policy, terms of use, and refund policy. The privacy policy discloses what type of data is collected and how it is used. The terms of use contains the important terms and conditions visitors must comply with as part of enjoying your website’s content. Your site’s refund policy identifies how refund requests are processed, including any limitations on such (e.g. a 30-day refund policy). If your site sells products, the refund policy also discusses how these products are to be handled as part of obtaining a refund. This can include […]

5 Ways to Resolve Internet Business Disputes

In many cases, business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) conflicts can be resolved in a short period of time without filing a lawsuit. Here are five things you can do to make your ecommerce life easier. 1. Put your ecommerce conflict resolution policy in writing. Ideally you’ll want your written agreements for products and services to include provisions that clearly state how disputes will be handled if there’s a disagreement. That way everyone is on the same page for handling problems before they occur. If you don’t set up a roadmap ahead of time, chances are you’ll get sued by an unhappy party with a very happy lawyer collecting fees for going after you. At the first sign the other party might be considering a lawsuit, if you don’t already have an agreement in place for dispute resolution as part of a binding contract, reach out and see if everyone can […]

3 Common Legal Mistakes Nonfiction eBook Authors Make

Whether you’re writing for Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, or some other platform, there are three legal problems that you can easily avoid by taking a few simple steps. Mistake # 1 – Failing to Register Your Copyright Properly registering the copyright for your eBook with the U.S. Copyright Office ( provides you with several legal advantages in case a competitor or reader tries to rip off the content of your book. For example, copyright registration enables you to sue for infringement to stop piracy plus provides the opportunity to pursue significant damages for infringement and reimbursement of your attorney fees. Having these available to you adds some teeth to a cease-and-desist demand letter sent to a pirate even if you don’t actually plan to sue. Mistake # 2 – Misusing Someone Else’s Copyrighted Material Just as important as protecting your intellectual property is making sure that your e-book doesn’t infringe upon […]