In my talks I always explain why lawyers should be advisers and not deciders. Lawyers can help asses risk and but they can also tend to try to keep clients from getting anywhere near risk.
This aversion to risk can also be detrimental to a businesses. It can be healthy to take risks–once the risks and rewards are known and weighed.
Today, TechDirt writes a great short piece about the lawyers for The New York Times closing down a site that was really just promoting content from the New York Times. The irony is, the site was created by employees of the Times.
Worth a read… and worth remembering when you are getting ready for a launch and a lawyer tells you not to do something because its “possibly risky.”