Free Digital Content Website Terms of Use Template

Free Digital Content Website Terms of Use


These Free Digital Content Website Terms of Use are designed for use with sites providing free material 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 of use specifically designed for sites offering more journalistic-style (news/magazine) content which include a provision disclaiming your responsibility for the opinions and views expressed in articles, available here. Such a provision is not included in this template.

As with many website terms of use, these are designed for acceptance via use. Put another way, visitors to your website are deemed to have accepted them as soon as they start using it.

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 of use. Optional provisions are included in the document 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 websites. Further provisions concerning linking are also designed to help to prohibit users from establishing links to your site from websites publishing offensive or unlawful content.

Disclaimers and liability provisions in this template 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 document 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 Website Terms and Conditions 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 of Use contain the following clauses:

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
7. [Advertising]
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

This template is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

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