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 content.
Disclaimers and liability provisions in this document seek to protect website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. It is important to ensure that such provisions are not made excessively tough – particularly when dealing with consumer users – lest they be considered unfair in the eyes of the law. Moreover, in this context, it is important to note that such provisions relate only to the use of the website itself, not to the sale of services.
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, and opting in and out of marketing communications.
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. User Content
7. Links to Our Site
8. Links to Other Sites
10. Our Liability
11. Viruses, Malware and Security
12. Acceptable Usage Policy
13. Privacy and Cookies
14. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
15. Contacting Us
16. [Communications from Us]
17. Data Protection
18. Law and Jurisdiction
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