Blogging Website Terms and Conditions
These Blogging Website Terms and Conditions are designed for use with
websites offering free blogging platforms and blog hosting.
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. 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.
Intellectual property rights are given important attention in this
document. IP in user content (i.e. blogs, posts, and comments) is treated
separately from the rights in the content owned by the website operator.
Under these terms, in common with most websites offering similar features,
users retain the copyright (and any other IP rights) in their content, and
grant a licence to you, the website operator, by submitting it to the site.
Users’ content is protected, however in common with mainstream blogging
platforms, users are free to copy and share (often known as “reblogging”)
each other’s content within the site. Users are required to identify the
relevant author when doing this and an option has been included for those
sites that do this automatically. A further option has been included,
requiring users to contact another user directly if they wish to use that
user’s content in a way not already permitted under the terms and
Of further relevance to creation of blogs by users is the Acceptable Usage
Policy. Applying to the use of the website in general, but in particular to
the creation of blogs, posts, and comments, the policy sets out clearly the
types of material and conduct that will not be accepted. Sanctions for
breach are also included.
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.
An optional reference to advertising has been included, informing users
that advertising may appear on the site and/or in their blog, and
prohibiting them from attempting to hide or remove it. A further option
explains that the website operator is not responsible for the content of
advertising, pointing out who is. Note that these provisions only represent
a basic example and that more complex terms may apply depending upon the
source of the advertising on your website.
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 user content such as blogs, is a
disclaimer noting that opinions, views, and values expressed in such
content are those of their respective authors and not necessarily of the
Further key clauses address internet security, data protection, privacy and
cookies (integrating separate policies into the terms and conditions by
reference), 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 Blogging 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. Blogs, Posts and Comments
7. Intellectual Property Rights and Use of Other Users’ Blogs, Posts and
8. Acceptable Usage Policy
9. Links to Our Site
10. Links to Other Sites
12. Disclaimers and Legal Rights
13. Our Liability
14. Viruses, Malware and Security
15. Privacy and Cookies
16. Data Protection
17. Communications from Us
18. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
19. Contacting Us
20. Law and Jurisdiction
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