I'm seeing an increasing number of posts which advise the reader to 'seek legal advice', or state 'we are unable to give legal advice'. It seems to be becoming part of the disclaimer culture, somehow making any advice which you give contrary to the law no longer your responsibility... or maybe it isn't?
We sign up to EULAs which are more than likely giving the issuer full immunity against everything, and rights to our estate if the software does us in. We're told that trademarks are the property of Widget Corp. but we don't take any action (in general) based upon it. We're told that our home is at risk if we do not keep up payments on our mortgage, blah blah, but we don't read it - we've seen it before, we don't need to find an accountant to check the ramifications. We're even told to consult a doctor before trying a new diet, and very few of us actually do.
From the posts in WW I would have to hire a lawyer every time I:
Register a domain name
Opened a public forum
Received a 302 Redirect
Had content copied from my site
Opened a 'sucks' site
Find a spam email
I know it is against certain charters here to give legal advice. But do you - having heard you should 'seek legal advice' - go and hire a lawyer? Honestly? Have you seen what they charge (and compared it to your first year earning projection for a new site?) - more still is it's the 'specialist trademark' type frequently recommmended here?
If you give advice but say that the reader should seek legal advice - does that mean your advice was just random noise on the internet and should be entirely ignored (why did you bother to write it?).