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Legal Audit for Web Sites
- What are your/management's objectives for the site?
- What is the budget for site development. Have you budgeted for site maintenance?
- What has the developer of the site agreed to do for you? Are the objectives measurable,
and the consequences for non-performance clearly spelled out? Have you agreed on who will
own the copyrights in the content that is developed for your site - text, graphics,
sounds, etc.? Have you identified all of the people who will be contributing to your site,
and do you or the developer have similar arrangements with these people.
- What will the site address be and what name domain will you use? Have you considered the
possibility of sites with similar addresses. Have you considered trade marking your site
- Have you reached agreement with your service provider on those items of importance to
- Will you be using any trade marks that belong to you? What rights do visitors to the
site have to reproduce these marks? Are you hoping to create a trade mark on your site?
- What content will your site contain. What right do visitors have to duplicate the site
content? Are these rights clearly spelled out in your site? Does any of the content refer
to information which might be a trade secret.
- Will you be using content owned by others, such as trade marks, product information, or
other copyrighted material? Do you have their permission to use the content? Have you made
the content available on the terms you agreed to?
- Do you intend to compare your products and services to the products and services of
others? If you do, have you confirmed that your comparison is not illegal - for example,
not defamatory or an infringement of a trade mark?
- Is any of the content on your site controversial and potentially offensive? If so, have
you confirmed that the content is not illegal or defamatory?
- Are you linking your site to other sites? Are you satisfied that there is no illegal
content on those sites which may result in legal liability to you? Have you considered
whether permission should be obtained from the sites that you are linking to? Do you wish
to limit the rights of other sites to link to your site.
- What is the potential for the goods or services you are offering to cause personal
injury or significant financial loss? Have you adequately provided for disclaimers of
- If you are a professional or similarly regulated industry, have you confined your
offering to the jurisdictions that you are legally able to work in?
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