Free Digital Content Website Terms and Conditions
These Free Digital Content Website Terms and Conditions are designed for
use with websites offering free media such as information, images, sound
and video (“digital content”) for general use and are thus suitable for a
wide range of different websites – particularly those designed more with
on-site consumption of content in mind as opposed to downloadable content.
Please also note that we offer an alternative set of terms and conditions
specifically designed for websites offering more journalistic
(news/magazine) style content which include a clause disclaiming the site
operator’s responsibility for the opinions and views expressed in content,
available here. Such a clause is not included in this document.
As with many website terms and conditions, these are designed for
acceptance through use. In other words, visitors to your website are deemed
to have accepted them as soon as they start using the site.
Important information about the website operator is provided, including
company registration details, trading address, and details of any relevant
regulatory bodies or associations. For certain trades and professions there
may be additional information that website operators are required by law to
provide. If, for example, the operator is an investment company, it must
identify itself as such. 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.
IP rights including, but not limited to, copyright are protected by these
terms and conditions. Optional provisions are included in the template to
allow you to choose how many freedoms to give to your users with regard to
saving and copying material from your site, as well as establishing
deep-links to pages within your site on other sites. Further provisions
concerning linking are also designed to help to prohibit users from
establishing links to your site from sites publishing unsavoury or unlawful
Disclaimers and liability provisions in this document seek to protect
website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. It is important,
however, to ensure that such provisions are not unduly biased against users
– particularly when dealing with consumers – lest they be considered unfair
in the eyes of the law. Additional liability provisions, therefore, are
provided that apply only to business users.
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 (more detailed usage provisions
are included in terms and conditions for websites offering more
interactivity), and opting in and out of marketing communications. All
parts of this template are designed to be compatible with consumer
protection legislation including, but not limited to, the Consumer Rights
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 Free Digital Content Website Terms and Conditions contain the
1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. Access to Our Site
4. Intellectual Property Rights
5. Links to Our Site
6. Links to Other Sites
8. Use of Our System
9. Disclaimers and Legal Rights
10. Our Liability
11. Viruses, Malware and Security
12. Acceptable Usage Policy
13. Privacy and Cookies
14. Data Protection
15. [Communications from Us]
16. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
17. Contacting Us
18. Law and Jurisdiction
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