information about you and your site, including the various rights and
obligations governing your operation of the site and your users’ use of it.
Users are told what they can and cannot do with the content you provide,
and rules governing sharing and linking will be set out. Important on any
website, but particularly those allowing users to share their own content
or comments, are rules governing user conduct.
Simply-Docs Website Terms and Conditions Review
Here at Simply-Docs, we have offered a wide range of website terms and
conditions templates for many years. As with all of our documents, these
are reviewed periodically to ensure that they are kept up to date with
developments in law and business practice. We are currently reviewing and
updating all of our website terms and conditions templates and adding new
documents to further enhance our range.
websites providing free content. This month, we’re adding to those with
updated versions of these documents for sites which also allow users to
share their own content and comments.
These templates have been reviewed in detail and rebuilt from the ground
up. They have been updated in line with current best practice and include
some important improvements. Overall, the documents have been re-worked to
make them simpler (where possible), clearer, and more user-friendly.
Certain portions have also been re-structured to make them easier for users
Giving users the ability to share their own content on your site adds great
value to the user experience and provides important functionality. It also
brings with it increased risk and responsibility for you and must be
handled with care.
Your terms and conditions should set out very clearly who is responsible
for user content – whatever form that content takes. You should have an
Acceptable Usage Policy in place, either as a separate document integrated
into your terms by reference (the approach taken in our updated documents),
or as a set of provisions within your terms and conditions. In these
updated terms and conditions, users of your site warrant that they will
comply with your Acceptable Usage Policy and agree to indemnify you for
loss or damage suffered as a result of their breach of it.
It is also important to make sure that users know how to complain about
content shared by others on your site. Our updated terms and conditions
include a reference to such information. An optional link within the terms
is also provided for you to refer to another page on your site where you
explain how your reporting and take-down process works; how your guidelines
are developed, enforced, and reviewed; and where you provide information on
metrics and take-down. This reflects guidance from the UK Government’s Code of Practice for Providers of Online Social Media Platforms.
The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute
legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific