My question involves business law in the state of: California. (If a website is accessible worldwide, how would this affect the answer to this question?)
I am creating a website that collects user reviews of companies and their products. In a Yelp.com type format, the site will provide the page listing the company and any products, and users will comment on the quality of that company and/or its products.
1. Do I need permission to display these companies and products for users' review? And can I display company names, logos, links to their website etc.?
2. Since the site isn't responsible for generating the content, am I liable for my users' reviews and any laws they might break say in a forum or blog post?
3. Anything else I should be concerned with from a legal aspect?
Any sources would be appreciated. Also, what area of law would these issues fall under, and how much would it cost to hire an attorney to deal with these issues?