Reviews Website Terms and Conditions
These Reviews Website Terms and Conditions are designed for use on websites which provide both expert and user reviews. Such sites may be broad ranging, covering a variety of products and/or services; or may be more specific, targeting specific areas.
These website terms and conditions are designed for acceptance through use. Rather than being required to read them and accept them using a checkbox or similar, visitors to your website are simply deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions as soon as they start using the site. Provision is also made in this document for user accounts, required for posting user reviews. An option is therefore included should you wish to make acceptance of the terms and conditions a part of the account sign-up process.
Important information about the website operator is provided, including company registration details, trading address, and details of any relevant regulatory bodies or associations. It is important to note that for certain trades and professions there may be additional information that you must supply. Members of regulated professions should include professional titles, links to professional rules and other important details. Such details are not included in this template and those working in regulated professions should seek professional advice.
Users who submit reviews retain the ownership of the copyright (and any other IP) in their reviews, subject to a licence granted to the website operator allowing them to do everything necessary to operate and promote the website. An optional provision also allows Users to quote each other’s’ reviews within the site.
A number of options are included in this template that allow you to choose how much flexibility to give to your users when it comes to copying and saving material from your site, as well as establishing deep-links to pages within your site on other sites. More linking provisions included in the template may also help to prohibit users from establishing links to your site from sites publishing offensive or unlawful content.
Disclaimers and liability provisions in this document seek to protect website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. In particular, and important for websites hosting reviews which by their very nature will include quite subjective content, is a disclaimer noting that opinions, views and values expressed in reviews appearing on the site are those of their respective authors and not necessarily of the website operator.
Further key clauses address internet security, data protection, privacy and cookies (integrating separate policies into the terms and conditions by reference), acceptable use of the website (including the posting of reviews), and communications. All parts of this template are designed to be compatible with consumer protection legislation including, but not limited to, the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
This template is duplicated in the Internet & E-Commerce group.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.
These Reviews Website Terms and Conditions contain the following clauses:
1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. Access to Our Site
5. Intellectual Property Rights
6. User Reviews
7. Acceptable Usage Policy
8. Links to Our Site
9. Links to Other Sites
11. Disclaimers and Legal Rights
12. Our Liability
13. Viruses, Malware and Security
14. Privacy and Cookies
15. Data Protection
16. [Communications from Us]
17. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
18. Contacting Us
19. Law and Jurisdiction
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