Let's say I run a basic website with no special legal concerns. What legal issues does every website have that I should know about?


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Every website needs a terms of service and a privacy policy. A simple Google search will find you plenty of TOS/PP generators. Then, you just a need to place an easy-to-find link to your TOS/PP on all the pages of your website.

No matter what kind of site you run, it is also a very good idea to register as an official copyright infringement agent. It costs about $140, but it could save you a LOT of hassle in the future.

Other than that, it's hard to say much more since you haven't revealed much about your website. You should be more specific if you want more information.

  • Good answer, and I would agree. Follow up question, why does a website need a TOS or PP? (assume US law and no registered users). I can create a follow up question if it's too much to ask for in a comment.
    – Jdahern
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 19:57
  • @Jdahern I mean, theoretically if you had a completely blank website, you wouldn't need a TOS or PP. But for a website with any sort of content, you never know what will offend someone or what could be a legal liability. Generally speaking, it's a good idea to have at least a very basic TOS and PP. There are generators which will write them for you for like 5 bucks, and they will at least give you peace of mind.
    – Jeff Caros
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 15:10
  • Can you please provide a source or reference, like a law, that states every website needs a terms of service or privacy policy? I'm pretty sure it is just a de facto standard and many 3rd parties require them, like ad networks and payment processors, but I'm not aware that it's an actual law, in the US.
    – Chloe
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 22:28
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    @Chloe It's not a law per se, but you're ridiculously exposed to any manner of tort without one.
    – Jeff Caros
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 21:31
  • The copyright infringement agent link is broken.
    – No Name
    Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 4:51

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