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Safely Letting Your Users Post and Upload: The Perils of User-Generated Content

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Price: $15.00 /per person
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You can expect that your startup will include a website or application that makes at least some use of some user-generated content, such as posts, comments, uploaded photographs, audio, or video files. Some of it may be infringing, defamatory or otherwise problematic. Some of it might be your content appearing as user-generated content on another site. Some of it may also become incredibly popular, implicating questions of monetization and ownership. This seminar will walk you through the various kinds of user-generated content, and how to protect your startup when you let your users post.

Secondary Liability for Copyright and Trademark Infringement DMCA Safe Harbor Procedures Terms of Use Takedown Procedures Defamation and Rights of Publicity Concerns

Sarah Feingold In-House Counsel. Sarah a jewelry-maker, selling her works through Etsy at . Sarah also serves as secretary of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is on the board of the Internet Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association. Before coming to Etsy, Sarah was an attorney with Lacy Katzen LLP.

Allen Murabayashi Chairman and Co-founder. Before PhotoShelter, Allen served as a founding employee and Senior Vice President of Engineering at, where he assisted in the company's massive growth from a 4-person start-up to a publicly-held company with over 675 employees.

David Klein, co-moderator

David is a technology lawyer with the national law firm Foley & Lardner. His practice covers technology transactions of every type and he has worked with many startups. He was a programmer earlier in his career, so he speaks tech as well as lawyer.

Britton Payne, co-moderator

Brit is a copyright and trademark attorney with Foley & Lardner, LLP, and teaches "Copyright, Trademark and Emerging Technologies" at the Fordham University School of Law. He has a prior career in the arts, including a run as an award-winning Flash animator.