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Can you copy & paste website terms from another site? While a deceptively inexpensive and easier option, it is not recommended. The terms you post on your website are contractual promises that you are making with everyone who visits your site. This means that someone can take you to court for failure to abide by those promises. When you use website terms from another company, you may be making promises that are not true or that you do not want to make. For instance, some terms will promise to provide the highest degree of security, not to collect or share any customer data, or offer unlimited warranties on products. Additionally, copy & paste could result in a copyright violation of another company’s intellectual property. Therefore, copy & paste is not a smart option for businesses that wish to maximize legal protections and minimize exposure.
We have worked with various businesses to determine what website terms they need, if anything at all, and to draft personalized website terms that address the specific needs and offerings of our clients. For instance, we recently assisted an online natural products store and an adventure travel company implement the terms best suited to their offerings.
To determine what terms are necessary for a website, we usually begin by reviewing a client’s website, or if not yet launched, assessing a client’s website plans and business offerings. If your website needs terms, we’ll agree on a plan and timeline for completion. If your website doesn’t need terms, we’ll send you on your way with an understanding of what changes in your business will require you to eventually post website terms.
Limitations of Company Liability
Ownership of the Website & Content
Age Use Restrictions (websites for children must comply with specific laws)
Payment Terms- returns, exchanges, etc.
User Account Rules and Restrictions
Disclaimers- general and website specific
Warranty Disclaimers and Rights
How Disputes with Users will be Resolved
Intellectual Property Rights
Prohibitions on copying the website
Prohibitions on posting inappropriate user content
Prohibitions against sabotaging the website or website traffic
Companies that sell products or services online
Companies that allow users to post messages or any other content
Companies that market to children
Healthcare or financial companies
Companies that create and share content- articles, videos, or audio
What information is collected from the user
The ways the user’s information is used
How the user’s information is shared or sold to third parties
A cookie disclaimer and a description of the cookies used on the site
How user information is secured
How the website responds to “Do Not Track” requests for a user’s geo-location