offering free blogging platforms and blog hosting.
common with many websites. Instead of being required to read them and
accept them using a checkbox or similar, visitors to your site are deemed
Provision is also made in this document for user accounts. An option is
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 document and those working in regulated
professions should seek professional advice.
Intellectual property rights are given important attention in this
template. IP in user content (blogs, posts, and comments in this case) is
treated separately from the rights in the content owned by the website
features, users retain the copyright (and any other IP rights) in their
content, and grant a licence to the website operator, by submitting it to
the website. Users’ content is protected, however in common with mainstream
blogging platforms, users are free to copy and share each other’s content
within the website. Users are required to identify the relevant author when
doing this and an option has been included for those websites 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
Of further relevance to creation of blogs by users is the Acceptable Usage
Policy. Applying to the use of the site 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 provided.
A number of options are included in this document that allow you to choose
how much flexibility to give to users when it comes to copying and saving
material from the website, as well as establishing deep-links to pages
within your site on other websites. More linking provisions included in the
document may also help to prohibit users from establishing links to your
website from websites publishing offensive or unlawful content.
An optional reference to advertising is provided, informing users that
advertising may appear on the website 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, and
pointing out who is. Please 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 site.
Disclaimers and liability provisions in this document seek to protect
website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. In particular,
and important for sites 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 website operator.
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 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 & 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.
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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