Did that title get you attention?
The post below is an excerpt from a post I have up on PactSafe.com - a venture I am launching to help website owners make sure they are implementing website legal agreements properly. The whole field is really an unbelievable mess.
So how do you fix this? Good question.
Generally, for a website legal agreement to be enforceable to a website’s users, the following criteria should be adhered to:
- The website user must have adequate notice that the proposed website legal agreement exists.
- The website user must have a meaningful opportunity to review the website legal agreement.
- The website user must have adequate notice that taking some specified, optional action means that he/she has accepted the terms of the website legal agreement.
- The website user must actually take that action.
I work with my clients all the time on these issues - and will be launching PactSafe.com to help others fix this problem. I think most people involved in an internet business - developers, site owners and operators, and even lawyers - simply assume that the only thing that matters when it comes to website legal agreements is making sure they are drafted properly. Sure that is very important, but a contract only means something if people actually know it exists - let alone actually agreeing to it in an enforceable manner.
Have questions? Give me a shout or ask you lawyer to give your website legal implementation a quick review. And be sure to check out PactSafe.com when it launches.