Website ADA Compliance – The Law And Guidance

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed more than a quarter-century ago, but even today many smaller businesses struggle to meet the requirement that their “public ADA compliance and guide for websitesaccommodations” be available to those with disabilities.

Get ready to struggle even more.

You probably didn’t realize it, but the provisions of the ADA apply to commercial websites, too. And the government may soon implement rigorous guidelines that any business with an Internet presence will have to follow. [Read more…]

Appearance on Break The Business Podcast

Recently joined Ryan Kairalla, host of the Break the Business Podcast, to discuss legal issues bands face when operating online. The interview has a bit of interference, but an interesting time nonetheless. Give it a listen and let me know if you have any question.

EntHead Podcast Interview

It was my pleasure to recently appear on the EntHead podcast with Dr. Matthew Gonzales. You can give a listen here:

Richard Chapo appearance on the EntHead Podcast

 

 

Liability Insurance for Your Online Business

Running a traditional business necessarily involves risk. Whether it is a child choking on a product in your store or someone slipping on a wet floor, exposure to liability is such a concern that Overview to liability insurance for online businessesbuying liability insurance is part of any “to do” checklist when launching a business.

The same is true for online businesses.

While a customer is unlikely to sue you for slip and falls, lawsuits for defamation, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and other legal claims are common in the online business arena. Operating online without a liability insurance policy is dangerous. Any lawsuit could wipe out your business and, potentially, force you into personal bankruptcy as well. In light of this, let’s take a look at the basic elements of a liability policy. [Read more…]

Why A Boring Old Arbitration Clause Could Save Your Business

Clauses in the terms and conditions of your site or app. Could any topic be more boring? Well, snap to Sparky. Today, we take a look at the value of including an arbitration clause in the terms and Lady Justice through arbitrationconditions for your online properties. Specifically, how this collection of legalese language can save your bacon in a worst case scenario.

Who Cares – [Yawn]

You should. The terms for your online property acts as a contract with your users. When drafted correctly, the language in the terms can discourage lawsuits against your business, particularly massive lawsuits. The arbitration clause is the key. To understand why, we need to look back to the olden days – 2010. [Read more…]

The Consumer Review Fairness Act Becomes Law

On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act into law. What is the The Consumer Review Fairness Act and Online Reviewsnature of this new law, and what does it mean for online providers such as websites and apps? Let’s take a closer look.

Consumer Reviews

Consumer reviews are considered one of the more influential bits of information a person considers when determining to make a purchase. Studies have shown 94 percent of people will move forward with a purchase if a company has four or more stars as an aggregate rating on a review site. Given this influence, it is hardly a surprise to learn that online businesses have tried different tactics to control customer reviews – some more ethical than others. [Read more…]

Copyright Office Launches Online DMCA Agent Registration System

Lo, the year was 2011 when companies operating online learned the Copyright Office was going to launch New Copyright Office Online DMCA Agent Registration System Launchesan online registration system for DMCA agents to replace the horse and buggy paper registration system then in place. And lo did we wait. And wait. And wait some more. Now, after only five years and what is likely more money spent than one could remotely justify, the magic day is upon us. The Copyright Office is launching the new online DMCA agent registration system on December 1, 2016. [Read more…]

9 Legal Tips For Protecting Your Online Business

The Internet is a game changer for entrepreneurs. Never before has a medium Legal tips for online businesses.existed where new ventures can not only compete with large companies, but often outmaneuver those behemoths by thinking out of the box, being flexible, and acting quickly. While you are undoubtedly focused on growth when launching a new business, mitigating legal risk requires a bit of attention as well. With this in mind, let’s take a look at nine legal tips for protecting your online business. [Read more…]

Why Is An Operating Agreement Important?

Promoters tout the limited liability company as an excellent entity choice for new and small businesses Why is an operating agreement important for an LLCgiven the flexibility associated with the structure. While generally true, the flexibility also creates traps for the unwary. One such pitfall concerns the operating agreement. Why is an operating agreement important? Let’s take a look.

State and Promoters Set Traps

“Form an LLC! LLCs are perfect for your new business!
You don’t even need an operating agreement in most states!” [Read more…]

Can You Buy Or Sell An eBay Store?

An established eBay store can be an incredibly profitable venture. While eBay provides just about anyone Buy or sell an eBay store - does eBay all?with an immense money-making opportunity, the legal side of the eBay business model can be rather restrictive in many ways. In this article, we take a look at the restrictions associated with whether you can buy or sell an eBay store.

eBay Terms

As with all questions of this sort, the first place to investigate is the terms and conditions users must agree to when opening an account with the site. eBay gives its terms the title “eBay User Agreement” and addresses the question as follows: [Read more…]