Is my website safe from the law?

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My latest blog is finished.
It is a musicians' upload blog, with a general theme/topic for discussion, and quarterly contests for a user-made topical video for five or some thousand dollars.

Is this a potential hornet's nest? lots of legal risk ? What are the hornets?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If there is copyrighted material (songs, word scripts, published material), the hornets are the potential use of copyrighted material.

If there is none, then no issue.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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I think you're probably asking the wrong people this question.  For the most part we're programmers, engineers and technical professionals.  Not legal professionals.

When it comes to questions about law, you should consult a lawyer.
Agreed with both experts.

If you can retain a good attorney who can draw up papers between you and your bloggers, then you should be quite safe for allegations or infringement issues. You will ofcourse have to provide best effort security to ensure that the music is not stolen.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Law enforcement is not going to look at your site and come arrest you.  However... if someone doesn't like what you are doing, they can always sue you.  Lawsuits are how copyright issues are resolved.
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You say a musicians upload blog so I assume for musicians to upload their original work which therefore means they are giving you a free licence to you to use that on your website - same with everything whereby the original author posts said content to a website and is usually outlined in their ToS

If you mean other people uploading some other artists material then you are very likely breaking the law but would be subject to the other parties copyright in respect of sharing
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Pretty simple answer.

If you're engaged in criminal activities, you're open to prosecution.

If you're not engaged in criminal activities, you're okay.

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Alaine MaillySoftware Engineer

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We are here to solve your technical problems related to your website and programming. If you have any query related to IT policy of the website then you should have to contact a lawyer who deals with IT policy.

As I also handle a website and had the problem of IT policy that time I also consulted a lawyer from consulta abogados online. Their experienced IT lawyer solved my problem, you can also do the same.

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