Msg#: 11689 posted 12:00 am on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)
fred_bloggs said: How do I know they have not been lifted from another site and that they own the rights to them?
fred_bloggs said: Where do I stand legally if they have been stolen?
You're the host of record, with all the legal burdens that go with that. So post a copyright policy, and make links to it easy to find. (You can find standard language on most ISP's sites.) Then be prompt in handling any issues that arise.
Also, I'm assuming users will have to register first. Include a copyright policy in the registration agreement, or at least a link to your policy and a statement to the effect that "in registering, I agree to comply with said policy".