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What legal advice do an online content website should get concerning copyrights?

I have to piggyback Don Martin and Todd Gardiner on this one – you need to speak to an attorney in order to receive the legal advice you’re looking for.

User generated content can cause a ton of legal problems. Sites planning to allow users to add content should initiate a number of techniques to lower their potential risk. A major route that websites will take is including an Intellectual Property (IP) section in its Terms of Use agreement. This section will typically mention and explain the site’s adherence to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Removal of infringing material is an element of the DMCA, a law granting websites a way out of liability by following certain rules, including prompt removal of infringing material. You can read a summary of the DMCA on the US Copyright Office website. An IP section in your site’s Terms of Use will also explain the host’s ability to use user generated content in things such as advertisements.

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