This week on my blog I cover, “What You Should Know About Your Website’s Terms Of Use”. Although it’s the likely most boring part of your website, having a well-thought-out Terms of Use page for your company’s website is a smart move. Your Terms of Use page sets the rules for your company’s website, and going without one opens your business up to several unnecessary risks.

Also known as “Terms and Conditions” or “Terms of Service,” your Terms of Use function as a legally binding agreement between your business and those who use your website. As such, your Terms of Use protect your company from liability by formally notifying users of the rules of your website and how your website’s content may, and may not, be used by others. 

While you should work with Elena Ortega-Tauler as your Family Wealth Lawyer™ to help create your Terms of Use, here we’ll discuss the basics of what these agreements should include and why they are so important. Keep in mind that depending on your specific business and whether or not you sell products or services online, your Terms of Use agreement may need to include much more expansive provisions than those covered here. 

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Why You Need Terms of Use

While it’s not required by law, having a Terms of Use agreement is a must for any business with an online presence—website, blog, mobile app, or other web platforms—even if you are not actually selling goods or services online. This is especially true for sites with interactive features and those that allow users to post their own content, make comments, or share their content via social media.

Your Terms of Use establish the rules for access and use of your website, thereby helping to shield your business from legal liability due to harmful actions and abuse by your users and protecting your content and other intellectual property from unauthorized reproduction. Common examples of abuse by users include posting defamatory content, spamming other users, uploading illegal content to your site, and stealing your content.

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What Elements To Include In Your Terms of Use

Although the specific language and provisions of your Terms of Use agreement will depend on the specifics of your business and the nature of your web offerings, some common elements contained in a typical Terms of Use include the following:

Ownership of content: This specifies who owns the content that is included or shared on your site, and outlines how users may, or may not, use or share your content. Make sure to state if you own intellectual property rights, such as copyrights or trademarks, to any of the site’s content.

Limit liability: This is a disclaimer alerting users that you are not liable for any errors or inaccuracies in your web content. And if you allow users to post content or comments, you should state that you aren’t liable for any illegal, abusive, or defamatory posts generated by third parties.  

Privacy policy: If you collect any personal data from your users or customers, such as email addresses or credit card information, you must include a privacy policy that outlines what data you collect, how it’s collected, and how you plan to use and protect the data. Again, this is the only element of your Terms of Use that you are legally required to post, and you may choose to include it within your overall Terms of Use or run it as its own separate page.

Governing law: This states where your business is located and specifies which law (state or country) you are governed by in the event you are taken to court. 

Some websites include the Privacy Policy within the Terms of Use, while others make it its own stand-alone page. 

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As tempting as it may be to simply copy and paste terms from another company’s website, this is a bad idea. For one, you may be liable for copyright infringement, but more importantly, if you copy terms from another company, they likely won’t properly protect your business if you wind up in court.

While many Terms of Use provisions are pretty standard, others can be quite specific, depending on your industry and what types of information you collect, share, and the potential liability you face. Every company faces its own unique risks, so you should never expect that copied terms will adequately protect your business and its unique characteristics from all potential threats. 

Given this, you should have a lawyer like us who’s familiar with your particular industry and business create a customized Terms of Use agreement for your business—or at the very least, have us review any terms you may have created on your own or with the help of another lawyer. That said, it’s perfectly acceptable and even recommended for you to review terms from other businesses like yours to get a sense of the type of elements you need to include in your own.

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Q: What Are Terms of Use?

The primary purpose of your Terms of Use is to create a legally binding agreement between users of your website and your company. Your Terms of Use should make it clear that by using your website, the user is automatically agreeing to be bound by the Terms of Use. In short, users must be given notice of your terms and then agree to them.

Even though it might seem like a big deal, the Terms of Use agreement for your website is just as important as any other legal agreement used by your business. And for this reason, you should work with us, your Family Wealth Lawyer™, who will create your Terms of Use or review any existing agreement you may have, even if it was drafted by another lawyer. 

Chances are that few people will even bother to read your Terms of Use, but should something go wrong, and you find yourself in court, the fate of your business could hinge on this one boring agreement, so don’t take any chances. 

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If you’d like to learn more about website’s terms of use, including digital assets, call our office today to schedule a time for us to sit down and talk.

This article is a service of Elena Ortega-Tauler, Family Wealth Lawyer. We do not just draft documents; we ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. That’s why we offer a Family Wealth Planning Session, during which you will get more financially organized than you’ve ever been before and make all the best choices for the people you love. You can begin by calling our office today to schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session and mention this article to find out how to get this $750 session at no charge.