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. We also 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.
This document has been reviewed and updated in line with current best
practice. A number of provisions have been re-worded to make them simpler,
clearer, and more user-friendly. Some portions of the template have also
been re-structured, also to improve user-friendliness. A revised “How to
Contact Us” section includes a new option to cross-refer to a separate
Acceptable Usage Policy instead of listing rules applicable to messages and
other content in the terms and conditions themselves.
These website terms and conditions are intended to be accepted through use.
Visitors are deemed to have accepted them as soon as they start using your
site. This is made clear at the start of the terms. References are also
included to other terms which apply to the website itself, such as your
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. 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 is particularly important when providing digital
content. Detailed provisions in this template address IP. Various options
are included in the template to allow you to choose how many freedoms to
give to your users when it comes to saving and copying material from your
site. These options are grouped into two versions of the IP clause. The
first is more restrictive; the second, more flexible with more options. In
either case, use of your content can be restricted to personal use or can
be opened up to commercial use as well.
Further key provisions address links to and from the site, disclaimers,
liability (with different provisions for consumers and business users),
viruses and security, and acceptable use of the site.
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. Please note that while clause
numbering is automatic, cross references to other clauses within the text
do not update automatically and must be changed manually if the addition or
removal of other clauses changes numbering.
This document is also available in the Internet & E-Commerce group.
These Free Digital Content Website Terms and Conditions contain the
1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. How to Contact Us [and Your Use of Our Contact Tools]
4. Access to Our Site
5. Changes to Our Site
6. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
7. [International Users]
8. How You May Use Our Site and Content (Intellectual Property Rights)
9. Links to Our Site
10. Links to Other Sites
13. Our Liability
14. Viruses, Malware, and Security
15. Acceptable Usage of Our Site
16. How We Use Your Personal Information
17. [Communications from Us]
18. Law and Jurisdiction
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