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 document and professional advice should be sought by those working in regulated professions.
Users retain the ownership of copyright and any other intellectual property in their posts (unless they have used content belonging to someone else, with permission, in which case that content belongs to that party), however they grant a licence to you to use that content for the purposes necessary to operate the site. Users are also informed that their posts can be re-used by other users as appropriate, for example in quotes, re-posts etc. within the forums.
Disclaimers and liability provisions in this document 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.
In addition, the intellectual property protection provisions in this template make it clear that the content of your site is not designed for business use but that users in a business environment are not prohibited from accessing it. An optional phrase is included to clarify this.
Of further relevance to the submission of forum posts is the Acceptable Usage Policy. Applying to the use of the website in general, but in particular to the submission of posts, the policy sets out clearly the types of material and conduct that will not be accepted. Sanctions for breach are also included.
Further key clauses address internet security, data protection, privacy and cookies (integrating separate policies into the terms and conditions by reference), and opting in and out of marketing 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 document 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 and Our Site
6. Forum Posts
7. Acceptable Usage Policy
8. Links to Our Site
9. Links to Other Sites
11. Disclaimers and Legal Rights
12. Our Liability
13. Viruses, Malware and Security
14. Privacy and Cookies
15. Data Protection
16. Communications from Us
17. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
18. Contacting Us
19. Law and Jurisdiction
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