Website ownership - who can get sued?
December 7, 2012 5:59 AM Subscribe
Building (and purchasing) a website for a friend's company in Africa - am I legally responsible if his company gets sued for something unrelated to the site?
posted by cavs33 to law & government (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a friend in Tanzania who is starting a business, and I offered to help him build his website. It is a lot cheaper and easier for me to purchase the domain name here in the US, as well as the hosting fees once the site is up (he is going to pay me back). I'm not worried about the money. He is not very techincally inclined with that sort of stuff, so I have no problem doing it. I assume that I would have to put my name as the owner of the website because I am using my credit card. I am planning on using the privacy guard thing s omy name isn't publically on the website, but I know that a court can still request the real owner.
The company will be a trekking company - he is a guide on Kilimanjaro. He has a few clients now on his own, and is looking to expand.
My question is: If something happens, and he and his company gets sued, can they come after me as well because the website is in my name? (i.e. should I seek Legal advice for it?)
I wouldn't think so, but I wanted to make sure I am in the clear before I buy anything. Should I have him sign something (and would that even hold up legally in court?)