Alasdair Taylor's blog

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?