offering free discussion forums for a range of different topics. While
nevertheless differentiate between content owned by the website operator
and that contained in forum posts by users. Users are deemed to grant the
website operator a licence to use their posts as necessary to operate the
through use. Visitors to your site are deemed to have accepted them as soon
as they start using it. Provision is also made for user accounts (required
for forum posts); an option is therefore included should you wish to make
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.
Intellectual property rights including, but not limited to, copyright are
document to allow you to choose how many freedoms to give to your users
with regard to saving and copying material from your website, 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 sites publishing unsavoury
or unlawful content.
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
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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