Follow-up for yesterday’s post here.
So I did a bit of research, asked some folks who know their stuff, even got in brief contact with a lawyer. The answers I got were mixed, but most stated that I should be putting forth at least a minimal amount of effort towards preventing illegal content from being uploaded, and that when I got notified of illegal content (ie by the author of said content), I should take it down as soon as possible.
Sounds fair enough, but sadly, that does not cover all cases. It seems to be a highly subjective matter that differs per individual case, so I don’t think there’s a surefire way to keep the lawsuits away. Reducing the chances of getting one is very well possible, but it just doesn’t give that 100% certainty that would be quite comforting to have.
However, I did get in content with someone who told me his group has a few lawyers, and would be willing to back me up in case I were to face a lawsuit. That’s nice. We discussed it partly anonymous, but at least there’s a chance I have people to rely on.
I probably got you all wondering as to what’s going on. Well, I’ll tell you this: shit’s going down.
Nah, not really, but I will be moving into the territory of file-sharing websites. And since we all know what happened to Megaupload, we can see it can be quite a dangerous area.
…and I’m about to plunge in head-first.