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Website owner going to jail

One of the owners of a poker website is going to jail for the crime of deceiving banks who were processing gambling revenues. As I explained in my book (http://InternetLawsBook.com), gambling is one of those dangerous areas online until the government figures out who it is going to license and tax to run Internet casinos.
What about website legal documents? Can you use Terms & Conditions, etc. to keep the government from coming after your website?
The right website legal documents CAN reduce your civil liability exposure, i.e. take away most of your risks of getting sued in civil court for what you have on your website. However, if you’re doing something the government thinks is criminal (e.g. selling fake cancer cures), your website’s legal documents aren’t going to do much to protect you.
Speaking of fake cancer cures, there’s a criminal who pled guilty a few years ago to selling fake medicines to sick people online. Instead of going to jail, he’s now one of those “get rich” Internet marketing gurus.
You have to wonder about government priorities that sends someone to prison for handling consensual Internet gambling transactions between adults while letting a con artist get away with selling fake meds and online flopportunities.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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