Startups with a website must understand the legalities involved. They need to abide by regulations regarding use and collection of information, as well as privacy and copyright issues. In general, as a startup, you should concern yourself with two sources of online liabilities:
Jurisdictions all over the world are increasingly regulating businesses’ collection and use of personal information, especially in e-commerce settings.
Your first step in mitigating website-related risk is to carefully review the materials used on your website to confirm you have the necessary rights to use those materials.
If you have independently created content for your website then you shouldn’t have any problems. However, if you want to use materials obtained from other sources, you will need to proceed with caution and confirm you have the proper permission to use those materials.
Lastly, remember to place a copyright notice on your website. Examples of copyright notices include:
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