Of course, the legal content of these releases will depend upon what you’re doing, including the content you’re covering. For example, a release covering a live financial seminar will have different legal terms than a webinar addressing health-related issues.
When having your Internet business lawyer draw up the attendee release you will use, it’s a good idea to discuss these issues…
1. Will your event cover financial, mental health, or physical health matters?
2. Will you host it online or offline?
3. When and how will your attendees sign the release? Will it be on paper or electronically via the Web?
4. Will your attendees be business owners or consumers?
5. What type of testimonials and examples will you be using in your presentation?
6. If an attendee becomes disruptive, how do you plan to handle it?
7. How will ownership of event materials be handled? Will the attendee own these materials and be able to sell them to others who did not attend?
Note that your Internet attorney can help you create a customized attendee release you can use for similar events you hold rather than reinvent the wheel each time. However, it’s important to address changes to your event in your release so that you’re protected at all times.