In this comprehensive guide, I’ll cover:
- Why do you need them?
- Where should you publish them?
- Lots more
Let’s dive right in.
They are designed to protect your website and your copyright.
Pretty boring stuff, right?
Nevertheless, if you run a website, you’re going to need this legal notice on your site.
They include a Website Disclaimer to limit your liability for any loss incurred by someone relying on your website’s information.
Website Terms also include Intellectual Property protection to prevent people from copying your content without your permission.
What do they include?
We’ll cover each of them below:
★ Permitted Use – rules for using the website, including what’s allowed and what is prohibited. Common restrictions include any unlawful activity, defamatory or offensive comments and any unauthorised changes/interruptions to the website.
★ Intellectual property – this covers all of the content on your website, including written text, graphics, images, logos and video. Websites often place restrictions on sharing or copying their content to protect their copyright and ownership of original content.
★ Submissions – any rules around user submissions or comments, including your right to moderate or delete submissions that are against the rules.
★ Links – any rules around linking to/from your website, including a disclaimer about links to any external sites (which are outside your control).
★ Security – how you protect the website’s security, such as SSL. Note that you do your best to ensure the website is free of bugs, malware, viruses etc.,
★ Disclaimer and indemnity – an essential clause to limit your liability for any loss or damage suffered by someone who relies on the information on the website. SUPER IMPORTANT!!!!
★ Changes to Terms – how you will notify of any changes
★ Severance – this is an important legal clause. It basically means that if any of your terms are found to be void or unenforceable in court, the others will remain in force.
★ Termination – when you can terminate the agreement
★ Jurisdiction – it’s important to confirm the governing law or jurisdiction where your website operates (state, territory or country).
Why You Need Them
OK, if you skip the rest of this article, make sure you still read this part…
1. Limit your liability
Protect your business against claims or damages if a website visitor ever decides to take you to court.
2. Protect your Intellectual Property
Stop people from copying your content!
3. Keep control of YOUR website
Make sure you can moderate what happens on your website, how people interact with it and what is allowed.
This makes it easy for website visitors to find the information if they need it.
Many people don’t, but you still need them anyway!
Think of it like an insurance policy for your website…
You’ll probably never need it, but if something ever does go wrong, you want to make sure you are covered.
It’s impossible to predict when this might be in the future, so the easiest thing to do is to get it right from the start, so you don’t have to worry about it!
As a website owner, you want to limit your liability, protect your intellectual property and maintain control of your website content.
This is how you do it!
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