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Harvard Law School

Business Law – The World’s Gone E-Mad

It has been researched that around 50% of businesses in the United Kingdom now have a networked system and access to shared files and information. As well as this, a huge chuck of businesses that have a website to advertise their goods and services take payments online. It is a brilliant turn for IT and telecoms industry, and therefore should result in great prospects for businesses themselves as marketing and advertising is increasing greatly. However there is always a downfall. The enhancement in efficiency, increase in service levels and decreasing in costs may amount to nothing if the business does not have the right contracts or procedures in place to then go on and protect itself.
If company employees have access to emails, then a company should make a company email and internet policy that will be known to all staff and potentially included in their employment contracts to reinforce the provisions of the policy. Network systems can be quite expensive, so it is important to make sure that there are the appropriate contractual agreements put in action to protect the company’s interests. It will need to be discussed within the company about software licenses as you may be liable for new license fees if more and more employees gain access to the software. Data protection will also be an issue if the company has not ensured sufficient secure storage of personal and client records has been adopted. If the company has a website, even a brochure advertising the website will need to meet all the legal requirements, such as including a site disclaimer which will cover the company against any liability. It is also important to provide clearly on the website the companies data protection policy, and terms and conditions as well as returning goods policy.
If a company sells services or goods over the internet, a company is bound by the small print or terms and conditions just like as if it were on the back of an order form. Generally websites have the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page at the click of a button, which actually means that anyone buying anything on that site will not have to abide by the terms and conditions. However if the order form on the website states the words ‘sold subject to the terms which you read if you click here’ and then give you the option to click to confirm that you have read them. This will mean that the website owner or company will then be covered if there are any problems that arise.…

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Barrister

Business Law – Web Hosting Agreements

Web hosting enables people and companies to make their own websites available so that the general public can access them. The actual web hosts are companies that provide available areas on a server they own or rent out for the use of clients as well as supplying internet connection, usually in a data center. They can give data center space and connection to the internet for servers specifically that they do not legally own.
The scope of the hosting services varies greatly. The most basic that you can get is a web page and a small-scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded to the website that the individual or company has created. These files are delivered to the web as they have been created and many web hosts offer this service free to their clients, or can obtain the web page hosting from alternative service providers. Personal web site hosting is generally free and advertisements are usually sponsored or rather cheap, where as business web site hosting is far more expensive.
Usually single web page hosting is adequate for personal web pages, but complex web pages will need more comprehensive and technical packages that provide data support and application development platforms. These features will enable clients to write or install scripts for applications such as content management and forums. As well as these facilities, they offer a control panel or interface for managing the web server and installing features and services. Many hosts are specific experts in certain software and services and are more generally used by larger companies to outsource network infrastructure to a hosting business.
Following on from this, you will need a web hosting agreement. This governs the contractual relationship between the host and the client, and should be provided to a client whenever a host is providing a web site hosting service. A statement of work is a type of web hosting agreement that is meant to help define the scope of services that a web host will be providing on a continuing basis to a client. These terms will affirm the rights and responsibilities of each party to comply with the web hosting agreement. A service level agreement is also a type of web hosting agreement which asserts the extra services you agree to perform in relation to any web site downtime and technical support.…