Specifically, if the website itself has legal disclaimers to protect itself from litigation arising from legal advice provided on it, would a similar disclaimer claiming to disclaim authors of content on the website protect those authors?
A disclaimer claiming to disclaim authors of content on the website can/cannot protect those authors depending upon:
- Visibility of the Disclaimer on the website
- On whether it can be proved that the disclaimer was included intentionally to be brought into the user's notice.
- Location of the dispute.
- In United States many courts have ruled in favor of the disclaimers if the were strategically placed not to be missed by the user.
- In European Union on the other hand there is a directive which strikes down legal obligations which have been imposed and this would make disclaimers unenforceable.
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