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What are website terms & conditions?
A websites terms & conditions will generally cover a range of topics including, but not limited to:
- The permitted use of the website material and copyright works..
- A legal disclaimer, limiting the scope of potential claims that a user may bring against you.
- Rules regarding user content, such as the banning of offensive and explicit material.
- A statement limiting the liability of the content found on external websites that have been linked to.
Do I need terms & conditions?
Can I copy terms & conditions from another website?
A website's terms & conditions, like any legal document, is subject to copyright protection and therefore should never be used without permission from the owner. Furthermore, the legal document itself may have been tailored to suit the specific needs of that website or service making it unfit for purpose.
How do you write terms & conditions for a website?
Without a law degree, writing the terms & conditions for your website from scratch would be a difficult task. It is easier and safer to start with a template. Templates are designed to cover a range of uses making them generic and appropriate for most websites.
Remember that your websites terms & conditions are designed to limit your liability in the event of a claim for damages by one of your users. Therefore it’s very important that you grant yourself the right level of protection within your own terms & conditions.