What is the DMCA

What is DMCA

An introduction to the Digital Millenium Copyright act, a revolutionary piece of legislation that has transformed copyright on the internet in the 21s century...

What is the DMCA
Sending a DMCA Takedown Notice

Sending a DMCA Takedown Notice

Found someone breaching your copyrights? Here's information you need to send a correct DMCA Takedown Notice to a third party...

Sending a DMCA Takedown Notice
DMCA Criticisms

DMCA Criticisms

Even though a lot of people applaud the DMCA, there is quite a lot of criticism. We'e listed the most common complaints on this page...

DMCA Criticisms
Notable Court Cases

Notable Court Cases

The DMCA is not just theory, quite a few notable court cases have seen the daylight in the last couple years. Here's an overview...

Notable Court Cases

In trouble with your web site? How to find a lawyer to assist you!

If you have a website it can be surprisingly easy to get into trouble with it. There are quite a few different laws that govern what you can and can't do with a website. If you do find yourself in trouble you are going to have to know how to find a lawyer.

The first thing that you have to do when you are looking for a lawyer to help you when you get into trouble with your website is to figure out what kind of trouble you are actually in and what kind of lawyer can help you. Unfortunately there is no branch of law known as internet law which means that you are going to have to find a lawyer who specializes in the specific kind of problem that you have. For example if your site infringes on a copyright or a patent you would need an intellectual property lawyer. On the other hand if your site has led you to commit a crime you would need a criminal lawyer.

Once you know what kind of lawyer you are looking for the next step ideally is find somebody who can give you a referral. In a perfect world you would find another business owner who has had the same problem as you and get them to recommend the lawyer that they used. If you don't know anybody who can do this you are going to have to go online and start reading reviews to narrow down your choices.

When you have had a few lawyers recommended to you the next step is to contact their office and find out things like how much the charge and how you will be billed as well as what kind of experience the lawyer has, you ideally want to find a lawyer who has dealt with cases that are very similar to one that you have.

After getting some basic information about the lawyer you should be able to choose the one that seems the best, this is the one that you will actually want to go in and meet with. According to Steven Guynn, King & Spalding LLP partner you are going to want to use this meeting to lay out your case and find out how that lawyer is going to help you. If you are not comfortable with the strategy that he plans to use you will want to find another lawyer. Check Steven's Xing profile for more great tips.

If your meeting goes well the last step is to do a background check. This is fairly easy to do these days, you will want to contact both the state bar association and the attorney general's office in order to make sure that everything the lawyer told you was true and that there have been no complaints lodged against him.