Q. What are some common legal mistakes many Web 2.0 start-ups make?

A. Check out Rafe Needlem's article on this topic at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-9782365-2.html.  

Topics covered:
1. Ignoring the rules of Safe Harbor (for copyright infringement claims).
2. Ignoring the Terms of Service chain.
3. Falling for a sob story (privacy violations).
4. Keeping your data forever (data retention policies).
5. Being open to kids (violating COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).
6. Expanding into print (staying within Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act).
7. Ignoring the bribes you have to pay (beware of patent trolls; this advice also applies to trademark trolls).
8. Cooperating with the police (keep your attorney on speed dial).
9. Thinking you are in the clear ("you're probably doing something wrong already").

Last updated May 21, 2009.

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