Before I start, sorry if this is in the wrong place and also I am aware that this is not a legal forum and thus I should take proper legal advice but any heads up would be appreciated.

Ok,

So I am looking to create and host my own website and also host a friends website on my server, both of which would allow third parties to submit content in the form of forum posts and comments.
I have been doing some research into this and now I've become terrified of all the laws and potential consequences that I didn't anticipate when I started.

From what I understand, the main thing I want to be concerned about is the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) which concerns any copyrighted material which a user posts, and equally is going to be the most likely problem when the sites go live.
As the website owner and the host of the second site, I am obviously putting myself at risk with being sued which as you might expect... I don't particullarly want.

My Questions are as Follows (and again I shall state I am not expecting actual legal advice but just a few tips and ideas):

-Would I need a DMCA Agent
-Would a set of notices on both sites stating that offending content shall be removed and the offender's account suspended
-Would a Disclaimer cover all the basics

Thank you to anyone that can provide any answers to these questions, whether it be through personal experiences or whatever, it shall be greatly appreciated!

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LastMitch

Before I start, sorry if this is in the wrong place and also I am aware that this is not a legal forum and thus I should take proper legal advice but any heads up would be appreciated.

This is the right section.

I have been doing some research into this and now I've become terrified of all the laws and potential consequences that I didn't anticipate when I started.

What are you doing?

As the website owner and the host of the second site, I am obviously putting myself at risk with being sued which as you might expect... I don't particullarly want.

What kind of website is this?

I mean are you letting people download stuff on your website illegally?

Is there some inappropriate material that you are doing?

@LastMitch, I don't know if this is the right thing to say but i don't think it would help the OP if someone responds to the question 8 months later. I maybe wrong.

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LastMitch

@LastMitch, I don't know if this is the right thing to say but i don't think it would help the OP if someone responds to the question 8 months later. I maybe wrong.

I'm not sure what you are implying.

I mean if he solve this issue he can ignore this thread.

I mean I do see him in Web Development section. It's not like that he doesn't come on Daniweb.

@LastMitch, I didn't mean to point it out that way... Like I said before I could be wrong... you win 99.9% of all the debates against me to begin with ;).

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LastMitch

@LastMitch, I didn't mean to point it out that way... Like I said before I could be wrong... you win 99.9% of all the debates against me to begin with ;).

You're not wrong I think he's a student kinda like you maybe like a College student.

I think a phorce, veedeoo, Squidge a few others can't think of them yet that are active in the PHP section are College students. That's why I remember them