More Legal Perils in the Social Media World (Web 2.0)

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq., owner of Ask The Business Lawyer, is an award-winning business attorney, speaker, and Entrepreneur Magazine online contributor. She saves consulting and professional services companies time, money, and aggravation by serving as their outsourced legal counsel.

Posted on December 14, 2011 in IP & Social Media

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In some ways, the Internet is the Wild West . . . and Web 2.0 is like the Wild West meets the Sci-Fi Channel — unpredictable, potentially dangerous, and often bizarre. If you’re involved in, or thinking about, doing business online at all, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a great resource. They’re even hosting a one-day Compliance Bootcamp on October 10, 2007 for people who handle issues arising from users and user-generated content

There are “basic” legal issues that online content raises (such as defamation, copyright and trademark infringement, privacy, to name a few — see my article on “Common Legal Perils of Blogging“).  In addition, here’s a great post from Rafe Needleman — endearingly called 9 Fun Ways Web 2.0 Startups Can Commit Legal Suicide.  He points out two handfuls of other legal pifalls, including ignoring safe harbor rules (by not registering as a copyright agent), collecting data from children, failing to create a reserve fund for settling trumped-up lawsuits.

His suggestion: The best bet is to keep a lawyer around.

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