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June 4, 2006, 3:21 am
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I have been looking into starting to offer web hosting. I've done some
research into the idea and have come up with 2 potential problems:
1) While I know that as per Sec. 203 of the CDA (
) I am not liable for copyright infringements, and if I were to go
through the motions and the $30 charge, I would also have the
protection of OCILLA ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCILLA ), what
about things like child pornography and other felonies? Basically, if
one of my clients hosts something illegal like that under my nose, am I
liable for it?
2) Am I liable for things like downtime. For example, lets say my ISP
shuts down my server for whatever reason, am I legally responsible to
my clients for their downtime?
In both of these scenarios, to what extent would an acceptable use
policy or terms of service cover me? The issue is that I'm a college
student and don't really have the time or money to deal with lawsuits.
I have considered forming an LLC or incorporating, but the fees for
filing, legal consult, and then the extra issues with tax filing don't
really seem worth it at this stage.