The Web Design Group presents:

Legal aspects of Webdesign

Written by Arnoud Engelfriet.

In the last few years, the legal aspects of Web design have become increasingly important. "Domain name grabbing", the practice of registering a domain name which contains someone else's trademark, has received a large amount of attention in the press. Many Web designers will also recognize the problem of someone else copying their images or even their entire Website. And there are many other problems as well.

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to the legal aspects of Web design. However, this guide should not be relied upon in case of legal problems. It is intended for informative purposes only. If you are trying to resolve a legal conflict, please consult an attorney in the country you live in.

More information on patents, copyright, trademarks and other Internet-related law is available on

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There is also a list with frequently asked questions that may be useful. If you have questions not listed in this FAQ, please let me know.

A one-part version of this guide (32 KB) is also available.

Web Design Group
Last updated: 11 Mar 2000
Copyright © 2000 Arnoud Engelfriet.