Using your own photographs on your website

When you take a photograph, you own the rights in it, don't you? Yes. And no. The person who takes a photograph will usually be the first owner of the copyright in the photograph (unless that person is an employee acting in the course of his or her employment). However, there are other rights to consider.

Domain name choice and trade mark infringement

Trade mark infringement is a trump card when it comes to domain name choice. No matter how many good reasons you have for choosing a particular domain name, if the domain name infringes someone else's trade mark, you should steer well clear.

The legal risks of running a website

Many websites are inherently risky; indeed, some of the web's most famous sites are built upon technologies and business models which test the boundaries of the law. Examples include eBay which, despite a vigorous IP enforcement programme, has over the years facilitated a massive online trade in pirated products; and YouTube, which still hosts huge numbers of copyright-infringing films. Even Google's right to cache websites for the purpose of search has been tested in the courts. Is your site a risk?


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