Terms and Conditions for a Business Website

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Terms and Conditions for a Business Website

Many businesses use websites and social to increase their revenues. It is important to understand how hosting your own website can subject your business to additional risks. To reduce your liability, you should always create a "terms and conditions" section for each website you build.

What Are "Terms and Conditions"?

A section specifying terms and Conditions of a website may perform many roles, depending on your needs. Generally, it satisfies a business’ legal disclosure for the use of their website and attempts to limits liabilities. Although some terms and conditions may fulfill their objective, others may be invalid due to defective drafting.

Below are generic clauses that most terms and conditions agreements have.

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is used when you are gathering private information from your information. This includes your customers’ email addresses and credit card information.

The privacy policy can be as broad or as specific as you want. The important thing is to keep it consistent. Although you may change the privacy policy, you should notify your customers of the change.

Sales and Refunds

If you sell items on your website, you should put a clause on whether you accept refunds and within what time period. Also, you may want to limit your liability from any losses due to delivery. Further, there is no requirement that you take back items due to buyer’s remorse.

Copyright

Copyright is the intellectual property ownership right to use anything creative on your website. The creative aspect can belong to you or someone. Or even the entire design of your website.

Whether you register your copyrights or not, so long as you are the first to use it, then you may prevent others from using your copyright.

Limited Use to Protect Minors

On the World Wide Web, minor children are afforded extra protection. You may have a clause to limit children’s use on your website. Another method is to get their parent’s consent, and to hold the parents liable for their children’s actions.

Limiting Personal Liability

Lastly, you would want to include a section to limit your personal liability on the website based on others’ usage. Such should be consistent on you monitoring the website and flagging any suspicious activity. In other words, you will act in a timely manner to any infringements or threats posted on your website.

Consulting a Lawyer

If you are considering selling goods on the Internet and creating a website, then you should contact a business lawyer to see how you could limit your liability.

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Last Modified: 09-05-2014 11:25 AM PDT

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