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

The Importance of Getting a Solid Attorney for your Internet Business

There are certain things that you have to have when you are starting a business, one of these is a good lawyer. Oddly a lot of people who start online businesses never hire a lawyer because they seem to be under the impression that they don't need one, nothing could be further from the truth. If you are starting an online business you have to have a solid attorney.

The reason that you need to make sure that you get a good lawyer for your internet business is that just like all businesses there are legal issues that are going to have to be addressed. A lot of people who start internet businesses don't treat them like they are in fact businesses and as a result they tend to try to get away without some of the things that other companies need as part of their operation and hiring an attorney tends to fall into this category. In most cases this is to save money, although in the end it usually ends up costing them money.

The most important issue that you are going to face when you start a new business is making sure that everything that you are doing is legal. While it may seem that what you are doing should be fine this may not in fact be the case. There are all kinds of rules that have to be complied with and licenses that have to be acquired, if you make a mistake and violate one of the rules or not get all of the necessary permits and licenses your business could be shutdown. Having a good lawyer is the best way to make sure that this does not happen.

Another big reason that you are going to have to have to have a lawyer for your internet business is to protect your property. An online business is in most cases an intellectual property business at heart and protecting intellectual property can be a challenge and requires the skills of a good lawyer. One of the top lawyers in the field is Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella, he works with some of the biggest companies in the industry and he always recommends that any company starting an online business contact an IP lawyer.

The last reason that you have to have a good lawyer for your online business is to review the many contracts and other agreements that you sign. This is true of all businesses although many internet businesses never bother with it. This naturally leads to trouble. You are going to have to enter into agreements with suppliers and partners and this is going to require that contracts be signed , in order to make sure that you are properly protected they need to be reviewed by a lawyer.