Free Ads Website Legalities

Discussion in 'Site Security & Legal Issues' started by deviledeggs, May 14, 2018.

  1. deviledeggs

    deviledeggs Aspirant

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    Sorry know I asked this b4 but if I would I set it up just for fun not to make money what are the legalities?

    What if someone's product is a scam? Am i responsible under U.S law?

    Am I liable if illegal purchases happen that I am unaware of?

    Sorry to be vulgar but is it legal to let people advertise viagra and other legal pharmaceuticals? (U.S law)

    thx
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2018
  2. Nev_Dull

    Nev_Dull Anachronism

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    You should be asking a lawyer these questions, if you want substantive answers. You'll also want to check on your liability if some of those bot-driven ads contain malware that infect visitors' systems. (Though I don't know who would visit a site with nothing but ads to offer.)
     
  3. KnownHost

    KnownHost Sponsor

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    Howdy,

    This is not legal advice by any means and may not be 100% accurate but here we go.

    I would not see you being liable if someone got scammed from a posting, you would of course want to limit your liability by spelling these things out in your TOS, maybe have a sticky at the top of each recommending users always vet a company before purchasing etc.

    Now, where you can and will be held liable will be in conjunction to what they sell.

    If someone posts on there selling illegal copies of movies, you would be liable for removing that, as you could be found to be contributing to copyright infringement.

    Same thing goes with the new US COPPA law, if someone is selling sex, or escorts etc and it turns out those women are being trafficked then you as the website operator could be held liable. This hasn't been tried in court yet but it's the new kid on the block.

    Same goes with selling pretty much anything illegal, CP etc your liabilities will vary. As long as you remain active and monitor / moderate this place then you will limit your risks a good bit. Make sure you register with the copyright office for DMCA complaints, as well as have an easy way for people to send you abuse complaints. Handle that stuff quickly and your risk is reduced.

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. mysiteguy

    mysiteguy Devotee

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    I have a feeling this guy is either trolling us or looking for opportunities to spam links to that site. He's not taken any advise - people might as well be talking to a wall.
     
  5. KnownHost

    KnownHost Sponsor

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    Maybe so, but if nothing else if another person comes across this post one day down the line maybe our replies can be helpful to them as well. :)
     
  6. Pete

    Pete Flavours of Forums Forever

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    You mean, what are the liabilities of an army of bots scamming each other, because there will never be any real users that *could* be scammed in the first place?
     
  7. deviledeggs

    deviledeggs Aspirant

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    I promise I am not a troll or a spammer. I am just weighing my options. I will look into KnownHostKnownHost advice.

    mysiteguymysiteguy do you need me to delete those links referencing those type of sites?

    thx
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2018
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