Some Legal Considerations For Launching a Website

Will your website allow users to comment or upload content? You should designate an agent under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and have procedures to deal with takedown notices and repeat offenders. You should also familiarize yourself with the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and how it shields you from certain liability, not relating to intellectual property law violations.

If your site supports messaging between users, you should have procedures for compliance with the Stores Communications Act, and understand your obligations if you are subpoenaed or served a warrant for communications stored on your servers.

If your site allows registration for users 13 or under, or is specifically targeted to them, you need a plain language privacy policy, and a way to verify that the child’s parents approved the sign-up, as well as policies and procedures to allow the parents to request deletion of the child’s information.

Drop us a line if you have questions about launching your own site.