News Magazine + User Comments Website Terms of Use Template

Free News or Magazine + User Comments Website Terms of Use


These News or Magazine + User Comments Website Terms of Use are designed for use with websites offering free news or magazine-type content for general, non-commercial use and are thus suitable for a wide range of different websites.

These website terms of are designed for acceptance through use. Rather than being required to read them and accept them using a checkbox or similar, visitors to your website are simply deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions as soon as they start using the site. Provision is also made in this document for user accounts. An option is therefore included should you wish to make acceptance of the terms and conditions a part 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 template and those working in regulated professions should seek professional advice.

IP rights including, but not limited to, copyright are protected by these terms and conditions. IP protection provisions in this document also make it clear that the content of your website is not designed for commercial use but that users in a commercial environment are not prohibited from accessing it. An optional phrase is included to clarify this. Users are invited to contact the website operator if they wish to use any content featured on the website in any way that is not already permitted under the terms and conditions.

Users who submit comments retain the ownership of the copyright (and any other IP) in their submissions, subject to a licence granted to the website operator allowing them to do everything necessary to operate and promote the website. Users are also able to quote each other’s’ comments within the website.

A number of options are included in this document that allow you to choose how much flexibility to give to your users when it comes to copying and saving material from your website, as well as establishing deep-links to pages within your site on other sites. More linking provisions included in the template may also help to prohibit users from establishing links to your site from sites publishing offensive or unlawful content.

Disclaimers and liability provisions in this document seek to protect website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. In particular, and important for websites providing journalistic content, is a disclaimer noting that opinions, views and values expressed in content appearing on the site are those of their respective authors and not necessarily of the website operator. A similar provision is included with reference to user comments.

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 site (including user comments), and 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.

These Free News or Magazine + User Comments Website Terms of Use contain the following clauses:

1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. Access to Our Site
4. Accounts
5. Intellectual Property Rights
6. User Content
7. Acceptable Usage Policy
8. Links to Our Site
9. Links to Other Sites
10. [Advertising]
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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