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Should You Copy Terms And Conditions From Another Website?

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents

Should You Copy Terms And Conditions From Another WebsiteWhen you’re looking for website legal protection, you’ll want to include website legal documents on your site. But does it make sense to copy terms and conditions from another website?

The Pros And Cons

Benefits

The benefits to an entrepreneur on a tight budget are that you’re saving time and money up front by not investing in the terms and conditions, privacy policy, and other website legal documents that you need. It’s simply copy-and-paste to have legalese added to your site.

Related Article: Privacy Policy 101 – What Every Website Owner Should Know

But do these benefits outweigh the risks? Or, are you putting yourself in greater danger by taking another site’s legal documents to use as your own?

Legal Risks

As a practical matter, “borrowing” someone else’s legal documents without permission is stealing intellectual property. This typically is referred to as copyright infringement. If you’ve infringed upon someone else’s copyrights, you may be liable for up to $150,000 per document “borrowed” plus the copyright owner’s legal fees in the infringement lawsuit against you.

Note that it’s often difficult to track down and obtain the copyright owner’s permission (usually by paying a fee) to use another site’s legal documents. Most site owners are using their documents per a license obtained from the copyright owner.

A few have also “borrowed” theirs and are at risk of being sued for copyright infringement at any time for intellectual property theft. If you use their bootleg forms, you’re at risk too.

Unfortunately, many site owners simply don’t know what rights they have to the legal documents because they’re not attorneys and didn’t bother to check when buying a license. They might think they “own” the terms and conditions but are actually only licensees with no rights to give others permission to use the documents.

Even if you obtain the legal right to copy terms and conditions from another site, those provisions are probably not designed to protect your site. For example, the website legal documents used at Amazon.com are very different than what the average small business website needs.

What If You Decide Not To Copy Terms And Conditions From Another Site?

Our Internet law firm provides customized website legal documents for a flat fee as part of a Website Legal Protection Package.

Related Article: 7 Keys To Picking The Right Internet Lawyer For Your Business

If your budget is too limited to pay a website attorney to prepare customized documents you need for your site, you may want to consider using Website Legal Forms Generator, a software that generates site legal forms that were created by Internet Business Lawyer Mike Young.

Web Lawyer: Are you looking for a fake guarantee?

By Website Lawyer

Web lawyer risk

One of the most common questions I get asked as a Web lawyer these days from Internet business owners is “How can I guarantee that I won’t get sued?”

The sad fact of the matter is that you really can’t…and anyone (Web lawyer or not) who claims that they can sell you such a guarantee is lying to you out of greed or ignorance.

Here’s why…

You can reduce your legal risks by taking certain steps and using the right website legal documents but there are so many international, federal, state, and local laws and regulations out there that potentially apply to your website that it is simply impossible to eliminate all risks.

For example, if you set up a site that sold illegal drugs, the best website “Privacy Policy” and “Terms and Conditions of Use” ever drafted wouldn’t protect you from the law.

Instead of looking for fake guarantees of risk elimination, play your cards right by reducing your legal risks instead.

To your online success!

-Mike the Web lawyer

P.S. If you can’t afford to invest in customized website legal documents prepared by a Web lawyer, you can still reduce your risks by using Website Legal Forms Generator software.

Case Dismissed

By Internet Lawyer

You don’t have to be an Internet attorney to be ticked off by the results of today’s jury duty. All five cases scheduled for trial today apparently settled.
While settlement is a good thing, doing it on the day of trial meant that lawyers for both sides of each case wasted an irreplaceable day of productivity for the hundreds of prospective jurors who showed up per court summons.
Every one of these cases could have settled prior to the day of trial. The ejuror website would have notified those summoned that they didn’t need to show up. Instead, the lawyers wasted everyone’s time.
If cases settle on the day of trial, attorneys for both sides should be sanctioned an amount to pay each prospective juror based upon the daily average per capita income in the jurisdiction.
Jurors would be more likely to serve if lawyers respected their time. This is just one of many reasons why I prefer being an Internet attorney instead of a trial lawyer.
To your online success!
-Mike the Internet attorney
P.S. Website Legal Forms Generator software is designed to have disputes settled quickly and easily without your having to go to court in most instances.

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Web Lawyer: Federal Trade Commission Nails Kiwi Living in Australia

By Website Lawyer

As a Web lawyer, one of the saddest Internet urban legends I hear is that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission only goes after people who live in the United States. That is false.

Here’s an example.

The FTC got a court order last year for $15 million against a New Zealand citizen (Kiwi) living in Australia.

Oh yeah…his U.S. business partner will forfeit $800,000 in assets and faces time in jail too.

Although this case involved spammers, the point I’m making is that the Federal Trade Commission can and will go beyond U.S. borders to enforce U.S. laws in order to protect U.S. consumers.

This means that Internet marketers should be concerned no matter where they’re based about complying with the new FTC advertising guidelines that went into effect December 1, 2009 (assuming they have U.S. clients). If you have any questions about this, discuss it with your Web lawyer.

Best wishes,

-Mike the Web lawyer

P.S. Thanks to everyone who has made Website Legal Forms Generator the #1 software of its kind for protecting website owners.

Internet Attorney: Beware of the lawsuit-happy copyright troll

By Internet Lawyer

Internet attorney copyright trollThere’s a new business that’s buying up the rights to newspaper articles and then threatening to sue website owners and bloggers who have reposted the articles without permission.

What makes this effective? The threat of an Internet attorney suing you on behalf of the business for copyright infringement.

If the copyright is registered properly, the owner can get up to 150,000 bucks in damages plus attorney fees etc. per violation. That’s a lot of dough for reprinting someone’s article.  Think of it as copyright trolling for dollars.

Can you afford it? If your Internet attorney advised you to settle, could you afford several grand to do it in order to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit?

Remember that what you see on the Internet is 90%+ of the time protected by one or more copyright laws. When in doubt, don’t repost content without written permission from the owner.

To your online success!

-Mike the Internet attorney

P.S. Website Legal Forms Generator software creates a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice for your website.