Running a website implicates a series of rules, like privacy laws and various intellectual property concerns, so it’s smart to see if your website complies and protects everything.
Have a terms of service lawyer to turn to
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Some (risky) companies will copy and paste terms from other websites or use a terms generator, which can lead to big problems down the road. Hiring a terms of service attorney to draft your terms of service agreement quiets any concerns.
What terms and provisions are typically found in a Terms of Service?
A Terms of Service agreement may contain certain keywords, accountability for users actions/conduct, opt-out policies, payment details, clarifying the site’s legal liability, notifying the users of any modifications of terms, DMCA policy, and IP ownership clauses.
What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?
It’s a federal statute enacted in 1998 to address copyright infringement by businesses on the web. If a website allows users to upload photos, graphics, text, videos, or audio recordings then DMCA compliance is an absolute must.
Why can’t I just copy another company’s Terms of Service?
No two businesses are identical and it is not recommended that you use a generator or copy and paste another company’s Terms of Service. Although your business models may be similar, each business has their own unique identifiers which warrant a TOS. If you use data in a way that is not clearly stated in your documents, you could be leaving yourself wide open for some legal pitfalls.
Can I use Terms of Service from a template website?
The issue with using a template is that it may not be specific to your particular service and may leave out certain terms that are vital enabling trust between you and your users. i.e., you mentioned storing emails and phone numbers-- when do you collect them? What do you do with it? What if there is a breach? How do you succinctly spell all this out in your TOS?