My friend and I own a website which hosts fan-created content for a video game (character skins, etc.), and make around 800$/month in ad revenue, which we're splitting 50/50. To thank the people uploading content to our site, and to encourage them to create and upload more amazing content, we'd like to start sharing some of that revenue with the content creators.
I live in Canada, and my friend lives in Germany. The website is hosted on Amazon AWS. We'd like to use PayPal to send the money to content creators.
Are there any legal steps we need to take before starting to pay the content creators?