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Internet Lawyer Mike Young’s articles about businesses using various website legal documents for protection.

The articles identify the types of website docs to use, including website privacy policies, terms of use, refund policies, and many more.

In addition, Attorney Young discusses what to include in each of these documents in order to reduce business legal liability exposure that arises from having content on a website.

If you need such legal protection or your existing site docs are overdue for a professional review, it’s probably time to contact Attorney Young. Note that he uses his skills and experience as website lawyer to provide website legal protection for many clients on a flat fee basis.

Is Your Business Website A Ticking Time Bomb?

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents
performing a website legal compliance review

When you sell products or services online, your business website can blow up into a nightmare if you’ve got the wrong content on it.

Because you can end up in court defending yourself in a civil lawsuit. Or get slammed by a government agency after violating laws and regulations you probably didn’t even know existed.

So, how do you protect yourself when doing business online?

There are several simple steps you can take with the help of an experienced Website Lawyer.

However, one of the most important to start with is a professional Website Legal Compliance Review performed by the attorney.

A comprehensive review will let you know what you’re doing right and what you need to change to prevent legal problems.

One of the positive side effects of fixing things identified in a compliance review is that you increase credibility with prospective customers. Because many of the issues that are legally problematic are also red flags that scare away purchasers.

When should you have a website legal compliance review performed? If your site has never had one done, the answer is “as soon as possible.”

What if your site has already been reviewed for legal compliance? Reviews should be done at least annually, particularly if you’re adding or changing site content.

Even if your site is static, understand that ecommerce laws and regulations are not. In other words, what was legal a year ago, might be an issue now, especially if you’re selling goods or services to consumers. Or selling in higher risk niches (e.g. health, gambling, make money online, etc.).

Now if you need help with your website, the first step is to set up a phone consultation with Website Lawyer Mike Young.

Two Ways To Legally Protect Your Business Website

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents
website legal protection - terms and conditions

When your business has a website, you want to avoid lawsuits from customers and site visitors. And you hope that a government agency doesn’t decide to investigate you because you broke the law with your website’s content without knowing you did anything wrong.

Because even if you ultimately “win” a lawsuit or successfully defend yourself in a government investigation, your business still loses time and money.

Fortunately, there two simple things you can do to reduce the risk this will happen.

First, have a professional website legal compliance review performed by an experienced Internet business lawyer.

Second, get the right website legal documents (e.g., privacy policy, terms of use, refund policy, etc.) prepared that are designed to specifically protect your site.

Fortunately, you can outsource these tasks to someone instead of trying to do it yourself. Click here to learn more about getting a business website legal protection package. Or set up a phone consultation with Internet Business Attorney Mike Young.

How To Protect Your Membership Website

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents
website membership agreement

When you own a membership website, a written membership site contract is essential to protecting what you own. And reducing the chance you’ll get sued by an unhappy member.

This is true whether membership is free, paid for up front, or on a subscription basis.

One of the biggest risks is a member mistakenly believing that access to member content gives the member unlimited rights to download and redistribute the content to friends or the public in general. And if you haven’t address this issue, it can create a legal nightmare.

In short, you’ll want your website membership agreement’s licensing provisions to make it clear what can and can’t be down with your content (e.g. videos, audios, text, etc.).

And there’s the problem that arises from members who don’t know what their rights and responsibilities after membership terminates (by you or the member). For example, will the terminated member get a partial refund? If so, how is that calculated?

How do you integrate a membership site agreement into the process? Typically, it’s handled as part of signup/checkout.

Like other website legal documents (e.g., privacy policy), an experienced website lawyer can help you get the right language in place to protect your online membership business.

If you need help with your membership agreement, set up a phone consultation with Internet Business Lawyer Mike Young today.

Is Now The Right Time To Buy An Online Business?

By Business Contracts, Business Lawyer, Website Legal Documents
how to buy an online business course

Many angel investors and venture capitalists are pulling back and regrouping right now as the economy takes a hit.

Does that mean you should postpone buying an online business?

Actually, it increases your odds of getting better terms from the seller. And in some cases, you’ll be able to acquire a sound business that wouldn’t otherwise be for sale.

Why?

There are founders who are getting a rude awakening as funding for their startups dries up. What they thought would quickly become a unicorn won’t.

And, let’s face it, many startup founders have the attention span of a squirrel. At the first sign of adversity (e.g., a recession), they start looking for something new to do, ready to abandon an otherwise good business.

That’s where you come in as the potential buyer of the startup.

Of course, you’ll want to perform due diligence and structure any deal to protect you when you decide to buy an online business.

But the opportunities are there. With more coming. You just have to look.

If you need legal help with the acquisition, it’s probably time to schedule a phone consultation with Business & Technology Lawyer Mike Young.

Website Design Agreement 101: IP Fundamentals

By Business Contracts, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents
website designe agreement

When you’re a website designer, there are some important intellectual property (IP) ownership details you need to make sure are included in your contract with the client.

Most designers focus on big picture issues like payment terms, milestones, etc. And that’s certainly essential for site design and other business contracts.

However, IP ownership is often skipped. And that can lead to lawsuits because the client mistakenly believes they own something they don’t.

For example, let’s say you’ve created templates from which you start site design projects. And you recycle them on multiple projects for different clients.

Now most clients won’t know this is happening and will think they own everything you’ve created.

That’s why it’s important to clearly state in the website design agreement who owns what. This includes licensing provisions for the IP you intend to retain for yourself but will let the client use as part of the site.

There’s also the issue of third-party IP that you use for site design. For example, WordPress themes, plugins, stock photos and icons, etc.

Because you don’t own this IP to begin with, you obviously can’t transfer ownership of it to the client. So it’s important that your site design contract identify this third-party IP and tell the client exactly what rights the client has to use this IP owned by third parties. For instance, some of the IP may be subject to a open source license.

Although less common, there may be situations where you use public domain code, images, etc. on a site. The website design agreement should cover this issue too so the client doesn’t mistakenly believe they own something that’s in the public domain.

If you need a new website design agreement to use with clients or have an existing contract revised, it’s probably time to schedule a phone consultation with Business Website Lawyer Mike Young.