websites providing online platforms for the creation, editing, and hosting
This document is now designed for use with a counterpart set of terms of
service. This template applies to the use of your website itself, leaving
the terms governing the use of the website builder platform to a separate
Optional wording in this template also allows for the terms to be accepted
as part of the sign-up process on your website.
Important information about the website operator is set out in these terms
of use, including company registration details, trading address, and
details of any relevant regulatory bodies or associations. For some trades
and professions, additional information may be required. 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 professional advice should be sought by those
working in regulated professions.
Intellectual property rights are protected by these website terms and
conditions, not least copyright. Unlike many such provisions, however,
those included in this template are relatively generous to users.
Primarily, this has been done to assist in realistic enforceability. While
not allowing complete free rein, therefore, the provisions protecting
copyright and other IP do take an accommodating approach to modern internet
use habits. Rather than attempting to prevent users from copying material
through draconian clauses in your terms and conditions, it may instead be
preferable to use technical measures, such as coding preventing
right-clicks to save images or scripts designed to interfere with
Website linking is another area benefitting from more open, pragmatic
terms. Many terms and conditions prohibit so-called “deep-linking” (linking
to specific pages on a site, rather than its homepage). Others may allow
users to only link from sites the content of which is under their full
control. Deep linking may or may not be permitted in this document by
selecting the appropriate option. Prohibiting users from linking from sites
they do not control is not covered, not least given the value to website
operators of having links to their sites spread around social media.
Instead, users are restricted from linking from sites that mainly comprise
unsavoury or unlawful material.
Disclaimers and liability provisions in this template seek to protect
website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. It is important
to ensure that such provisions are not made excessively tough –
particularly when dealing with consumer users – or they run the risk of
being considered legally unfair. Moreover, in this context, it important to
note that such provisions relate only to the use of the website itself, not
to the sale of digital content.
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, and opting in and out of
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.
This document is duplicated in the Internet & E-Commerce Group.
1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. Access to Our Site
5. Intellectual Property Rights and Use of Our Site
6. User Content
7. Links to Our Site
8. Links to Other Sites
9. [Third Party Advertising]
10. Disclaimers and Legal Rights
11. Our Liability
12. Viruses, Malware and Security
13. Acceptable Usage Policy
14. Privacy and Cookies
15. How We Use Your Personal Information (Data Protection)
16. Communications from Us
17. Contacting Us
18. Law and Jurisdiction
the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to
suit your purposes.
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