- Nov 13, 2012
So you would like like to venture into the rabbit hole of laws around online business?Ah cool, so, would woltlabs sell a license to Kiwi Farms in that case? Or would you likewise refuse their business?
The primary issue with online shops available to the general public is that you cannot reliably restrict who can make a purchase. You can do general things like disallowing individuals in general (B2B). Then there is also the virtual house ban, but this is easier said than done and also doesn't really help ahead of time. Please note that I'm talking about the legal side, not what kind of things you could do on the technical side.
From a legal perspective it is almost impossible to exclude someone from making an automated purchase through the online shop. Unless the transaction itself is fraudulent, the contract is legally binding because it is automatically accepted by our online shop by email, which is a legal requirement to finalize the contract itself.
This is vastly different from a bespoken purchase where you have contact with the buyer before, because then you can indeed reject to conduct business with them. Also if I remember correctly there are some legal pitfalls too, but I'm not too sure on this one.