Is there a standard terms of use, privacy policy and copyright page content for new startup websites?

Not necessarily. Every website will have different obligations to their users. This is simply because no website is exactly the same. As a general point, privacy policies and terms of use must comply with US law, which requires an accurate disclosure in your policy. So simply using boiler-plate forms or templates could cause some trouble.

Your best bet: talk to a lawyer. I hate to be that guy, but I am just being honest. If you are really serious about expanding your startup and ensuring success, you need to take the time and discuss your options and plans with an attorney.

Of course no one ever wants to hear this. But realistically, you can save yourself so much time, money and headache in the long run. The only reason I say this is because I have founded two tech startups myself, and have learned this lesson first hand.

The biggest problem is being a new startup, and working with limited resources. You get so overwhelmed trying to finance the actual operations and make it a profitable business, and paying for a lawyer may seem like a cost that could be cut out.

But what ends up happening, is flash-forward a few months, when things are taking off, and you realize that you may have some compliance issues. Or you overlooked a particular regulation that is going to cost money to fix. These are the things you need to avoid.

If you need a hand finding a lawyer, you should take a look at our site LawTrades. Our company is designed to help startups find lawyers at the best price. You can connect with lawyers directly through our site 24/7 and do most of your legal work right online.

I hope this answer is helpful. If there is anything else I can help out with, don’t hesitate to send a message!

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