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Legalities of accessing websites

Accessing informational websites on the internet is unlikely to run you afoul of any laws...or is it? Take a look at the opening paragraph on the USA Judo website:

"This Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions of use for the web sites operated by USA Judo ("we," "us," or "our" herein) at (referred to as the "Site"). You should be aware that USA Judo owns several other domain names that direct traffic to the Site, and that this Agreement also covers use of the Site via such domain names. USA Judo reserves the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of this Agreement at any time. Such changes, revisions or modifications will be effective immediately upon notice to you, which may be given by any means including, without limitation, via posting on the Site. Your continued use of the Site after such notice will be deemed to constitute acceptance of such changes, revisions or modifications. Please check this Agreement periodically for changes." -

The Art of Judo website, on the other hand, contains no such disclaimers, suggesting that you are free to access the site and to use the materials contained therein for any manner you choose. Similarly, and do not restrict your use of their contents. USJA's website, in fact, has a very friendly, helpful, tone.

Deciding whether a user agreement is necessary for your website is an important decision for your business with potential legal ramifications. We recommend that you consult with an attorney, who can review your site content to determine whether there is any information that could be used in such a way as to make your company liable for mis-statements, false statements, or unfulfilled promises. Every Ann Arbor business should have a comprehensive document review program in which an attorney examines all advertising, contracts, and other printed matter to minimize the risk of lawsuits.

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