You may be wondering why your website needs a list of website policies, terms and conditions–after all, does anyone really read all of that tiny text at the bottom of websites? While there may be no legal requirement for having a list of website policies, terms, and conditions, it’s certainly a good idea to keep yourself covered. It’s an incredibly smart thing for business owners to include on their company’s website as it can limit your liability if you’re ever taken to court by a customer, not to mention it will protect your rights to whatever content your website contains.
Preventing Abuse of Your Service
Having a clearly defined Terms and Conditions page can act as a legally binding contract between you and your users. It acts as a set of rules that users must agree to and follow to have access to your website. This means you can outline what happens if users are abusing your website or other users, such as using harmful language or spamming other users. Actions such as these can result in the temporary or, , permanent banning of users who do not follow the guidelines you’ve provided. Note, permanent banning is permissible if you have a Termination clause which states under what conditions you would permanently terminate a user’s account.
Establishing Content Ownership
Website policies, terms and conditions can be used to inform your users that you own any of the content on your website and that it is protected by international copyright laws. These clauses, known as Intellectual Property clauses, will prevent the theft of your intellectual property and may assist you in court. You should also always include a notice about copyright and trademark.
Setting Governing Law
Make sure your Terms and Conditions page also mentions where your website is operating from with respect to your state/province and country. This is important in establishing governing law, which means that any dispute arising out of the subject matter of the agreement is governed by the laws of wherever the governing law was established.
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