Making Your Website Legal
Your Copyright Policy tells users of your website what to expect regarding their use of copyrighted text, images, videos, sound files, or other media. It really does three things. First, it tells the user what they can and cannot do with your content, putting the user on notice of your rights. Second, it protects you from a user that uploads infringing content to your site (thereby making you liable for their infringement) by prohibiting such conduct. And third, it gets the authorization of the user who uploads their own original content for you to publish their work on your website (also known as a copyright license).
The Copyright Policy should reflect what you actually do. If you don’t actually have users uploading content, for example, don’t include language about user content. As always, say what you are going to do, and do what you say.
Because your disclaimers are specific to your business, be careful not to just “borrow” disclaimers from another website. Make sure you use language specific to your industry, jurisdiction and how you do business.
A “digital signature” is an encrypted signature that uses strong encryption to validate an electronically-signed document. Digital signatures have the same force and effect as a handwritten signature under Florida law. A digital signature is capable of being verified with mathematical precision, where an unencrypted electronic signature is not verifiable at all. For that reason, we strongly encourage the use of public-key encrypted signatures for all online transactions.