Information for Startups

How can you protect the copyright in your images and software?

How can you ensure your site complies with data protection law?

What are the laws on selling online? 

What are the rules regarding web domain names? 

Can customer data be stored in cloud services?

For questions like these, contact the IT Law Clinic.

At the IT Law Clinic, UCC law postgraduate students provide information to startups on legal questions.

There is no charge for the service.

Students and academic staff work in partnership with established law firms.

We are part of the European network of ICT law incubators –

Startups who wish to seek information on these issues should email
To discuss your query, phone (021) 490 3452.
Twitter:  @ITLawClinicUCC 

Information will be provided in consultation with one of our collaborating solicitors’ firms – McCullagh WallRonan Daly Jermyn and O’Dowd Solicitors. Responses to queries will be provided in a timescale of approximately 4 to 5 weeks. Terms and conditions, notified to the startup, will apply to the information provided.

Requests will be admitted on the following basis:

• The clinic deals with issues of copyright law, web domain names, electronic commerce law and data protection law;
• The clinic will not provide information on employment law or company law;
• The clinic will not provide information if litigation has commenced;
• A query will not be admitted if it is unduly complex;
• The startup must have a low annual turnover, normally a maximum of €100,000 p.a.;
• The clinic can normally only deal with queries during semester 1 of the academic year, i.e. September to November;
• If the clinic has sufficient queries for its workload, it cannot take further queries.

For more information contact Dr Darius Whelan ( and Professor Maeve McDonagh (  Phone (021) 490 3452.