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1. Website terms and conditions
Website terms and conditions have 4 basic functions: (i) helping website operators to comply with the law; (ii) reducing legal risk by disclaiming or limiting responsbilities and liabilities; (iii) establishing rules relating to the use of the website; and (iv) defining the contractual obligations owed by the user to the operator and vice versa. Although we have a wide range of terms and conditions designed for particular types of website, many websites do not fit neatly into any category. Consequently, these more generic templates are among our most popular documents.
2. Privacy policies
Designed to help you to comply with UK and EU data protection law, these privacy policies are, in essence, shorter and simpler versions of our privacy and cookies policy templates. Although cookies are not referenced in the titles of these documents, cookies-related disclosures are included, albeit in summary form.
3. Cookies policies
4. Copyright notices
These are website copyright notices containing a Universal Copyright Convention-style notice, an assertion of ownership of copyright in website materials, a licence to use the website and straightforward acceptable use provisions. If you are using one of our website terms and conditions documents, you will not usually need a separate copyright notice.
5. Website disclaimers
These website disclaimers incorporate a copyright notice asserting ownership of the website copyright, a set of exclusions and limitations of liability (ie disclaimers) and certain statutory disclosures. They are designed for use on the simplest of websites in place of more detailed - and usually contractual - website terms and conditions.
6. Anti-spam policies
Our anti-spam policy template come in free and paid versions, with a Docular credit included in the former but not the latter. The policies include a broad definition of "spam", warnings about spam filters, prohibitions on user spam and information about receipt of unwanted messages.
7. Linking policies
Linking policies are not a common sight on the internet nowadays - at least, outside the affiliate / partner marketing space - but some businesses and organisations do still wish to assert control over the ways in which others link to their websites.
8. Medical information disclaimers
These disclaimers are intended for use on a website. They attempt to limit the website publisher's liability in relation to medical information on the website. Almost identical disclaimer text is incorporated into our medical website terms and conditions template.
9. Legal information disclaimers
Some types of legal publishing are more risky than others - but any website that publishes legal information brings some level of risk and it is usually sensible to include a disclaimer alongside legal information. This disclaimer is used, in slightly modified form, in our legal website terms and conditions template.
10. SaaS agreements
These are software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements designed to regulate the legal relationship between a provider of hosted or cloud software on one hand and its business customers on the other hand. These SaaS agreements can be used where the parties are likely to be negotiating the specific provisions of the contract. If terms will be imposed by the services provider upon the customer, and the customer will have no opportunity to suggest alternative terms, then you should consider our SaaS terms and conditions (or, for highly commodified or consumer-oriented services, cloud services terms and conditions) instead.
11. Ebook disclaimers
These disclaimers can be included in and distributed with an ebook in order to help managed risks relating to that ebook.
12. Newsletter disclaimers
These disclaimers can help a publisher to manage the copyright and liability issues arising out of the publication of newsletters.
13. Health and fitness disclaimers
Health and fitness information, if used without care, can often lead to mishap or injury. These disclaimers are designed for use on websites publishing such information. Note that similar disclaimer text is already included in our health and fitness website terms and conditions.
14. Terms and conditions of sale via website
These terms of sale can be used in relation to the online sale of physical products. All of these terms of sale templates have the same basic structure. They define the order process through which products may be ordered; they describe how prices are specified and how payments must be made; they detail the delivery process for products orders; they set out information about warranties given by the seller and limitations of liability; and they establish the circumstances in which orders may be cancelled. The B2C versions of the terms of sale include a set of clauses detailing consumer rights under the distance selling rules.
15. Delivery policies
Designed for use in relation to an ecommerce website, these delivery policies describe the delivery methods used as well as delivery timetables. They should be used alongside our terms and conditions of sale via website documents. They can be used for both B2B and B2C stores.
16. Returns policies
These policies should be used to document discretionary returns and refund offers in relation to website sales. They are not intended to regulate statutory returns, which are covered by our terms and conditions of sale via website documents. If you are not proposing to offer customers rights going beyond the statutory basics, you do not need any of these policies.
17. Consumer contracts model instructions for cancellation
This model instructions for the cancellation of consumer contracts reflect the requirements of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. In particular, these instructions reflect the text of part A of Schedule 3 to those Regulations. This document is more suitable for contracts relating to goods than those relating to services, although it attempts to cover both categories. NB many of our ...
18. Consumer contracts model cancellation form
This document can be used by those selling goods or services online to create a cancellation form for consumers as required by the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. The text of this document comes from Schedule 3, part B of those Regulations. Section 13(1) (b) of those Regulations states: "Before the consumer is bound by a distance contract, the trader .... ...
19. API services terms and conditions
Contractual documentation for the provision of cloud or hosted software-based services by means of an application programming interface (API) without individual human users.
20. Search engine optimisation agreements
Formal agreements to regulate the provision of search engine optimisation (SEO) services by an SEO professional or business, including both advisory and implementation services.
21. Email disclaimer
This is a template for a legal notice to be displayed in email communications. Although the enforceability of email disclaimers may be open to question, many businesses nonetheless incorporate a disclaimer in the footer of all email communications. However, there is no "standard" disclaimer, as different businesses face different compliance obligations and legal risks. This template may be used to create a document covering some ...
22. Acceptable use policy
This acceptable use policy document is designed to regulate the use of a website or other online service. The bulk of the policy is concerned with prohibiting certain actions and certain types of content. The policy naturally covers unlawful actions and content, but may also cover actions and content that are undesirable but not unlawful. As regards unlawful content, this can be addressed in detail ...
23. Prize competition rules
This is a set of rules designed to regulate an online prize competition. The rules take into account both the rules of English law relating to prize competitions, and the CAP rules related to prize promotions. The rules are relatively flexible, and may be suitable for use in relation to a range of different types of online competition. You should always take care to ensure ...
24. Privacy and cookies policies
25. Online shop terms and conditions
26. Digital store terms and conditions
These terms and conditions are designed to cover the use of a digital store - that is, the use of a website that sells downloadable digital products. To be clear, this document does not cover the sale and licensing of digital products, as to which see our range of download terms and conditions. This document is suitable for use in relation to digital stores selling a ...
27. Affiliate website terms and conditions
This affiliate website terms and conditions template may be used by owners of websites that produce income by means of affiliate links. This document is concerned with the legal relationship between the affiliate and users of the website; it is not meant to regulate the legal relationship between the affiliate and third party merchants. The template allows for the creation of terms and conditions crafted ...
28. Legal website terms and conditions
There is a great deal of legal information on the web. Much of this information is published on websites with a legal focus, whether those of law firms, barristers' chambers, NGOs, legal journals, legal support businesses or individual lawyers. The legal information comes in many forms: subject introductions, summaries of statutes, case reports, professional practice notes, academic analysis, and so on. One risk that almost ...
29. Online booking terms and conditions
Event bookings taken online are subject to special regulations in the E.U. and the U.K.. These terms and conditions are designed to help event organisers to comply with those regulations and to reduce their risks in relation to the taking of bookings online.
30. Email marketing agreement
This email marketing agreement can be used in relation to three different kinds of email marketing service. First, where a service provider is actively managing a campaign for the customer. Second, where the service provider is making available a platform to allow the customer to conduct their own campaigns. Third, where both types of service are being provided. Different legal issues affect the different types ...
31. Email marketing terms and conditions
Email marketing is an important component of a comprehensive online marketing strategy, allowing as it does direct access to interested customers and prospects. However, there are risks with email marketing. Laws regulate the sending of bulk/commercial emails, and also the processing of personal data, which can include email addresses as well as individual names. With respect to personal data processing, this document has been ...
32. Social media marketing agreement
This social media marketing agreement has been designed to regulate the relationship between a provider of social media marketing services and a client for those services. The core definition of social media marketing services included in the agreement covers: (i) content production, publication, distribution and promotion; (ii) online account creation and management; and (iii) analytics. The exact services to be provided under a particular contract ...
33. Social media marketing terms and conditions
Social media marketing includes a range of different activities. For instance: online account creation and management, content creation, content publication, content promotion and analytics. These terms and conditions provide a legal framework for these sorts of services. The scope of social media marketing services will vary greatly from contract to contract. For this reason, the scope of the services is to be set out in ...
34. SEO terms and conditions
This document may be used to create standard terms of business for an individual, partnership or company offering search engine marketing (SEM) services. SEO services present risks for both the service provider and the customer. The service provider, for instance, will need a certain amount of cooperation from the customer; without adequate cooperation, it may be very difficult for the service provider to get results. ...
35. Digital content distribution terms and conditions
Where digital content is supplied by a website user to a website operator for resale, the legal basis of the parties' relationship should be set down in writing. That is the purpose of these terms and conditions. A licensing clause is included in the terms and conditions, setting out the basis upon which the website operator may use the digital content, and also the basis ...
36. Website contributor agreements
These contributor contracts share the same core provisions. The contributor has an obligation to deliver the agreed contributions to the website operator, and to license or assign the intellectual property rights in those contributions to the operator. The contributor also warrants that the contributions will not create legal difficulties for the operator. The contracts take account of the possibility that the contributor may be using source material provided by the operator, and in these cases the operator will be responsible for such source material. Confidentiality obligations protecting the operator are also included in all the contracts.
37. WiFi terms and conditions
This WiFi terms and conditions document can be used to regulate the use of a public WiFi service, such as a service offered by a restaurant or cafe. The terms and conditions assume that the service will be provided free-of-charge. If the service is chargeable, you may need additional clauses. A brief "fair use" policy is included in the document. The fair use ...
38. Affiliate terms and conditions
If you are operating a direct affiliate programme, under which you as merchant will contract directly with affiliates, rather than going through an affiliate network, then these affiliate terms and conditions may be right for you. They set out the rights and obligations of the affiliate, the commission payable to the affiliate, the manner of accounting for that commission, as well as all the usual boilerplate.
39. News and affiliate website terms and conditions
These T&Cs are designed for websites that marry news content with affiliate income - a common pairing. They include provisions covering both casual visitors and registered users. Whilst casual visitors will not usually be asked to give any specific agreement to the T&Cs, registered users should be required to agree the T&Cs as part of the registration process. Clauses in these T&Cs ...
40. Review website terms and conditions
These T&Cs have been designed for websites the core purpose of which is the publication of reviews. The reviews may be of products, services, locations, events or artistic works. The T&Cs include detailed provisions relation to the supply of reviews, their licensing and their content. In addition, they include all the standard provisions from our generic website T&Cs documents, covering such matters ...
41. Social network terms and conditions
This is a T&Cs template for social network websites. It should be used to indicate a website's rules and policies, and the rights and obligations of those who use the website. T&Cs based on the template provide a limited licence to social network users, who are permitted only to view, download to a web browser cache and print pages from the social ...
42. Q&A website terms and conditions
A Q&A website allows users to publish questions, with the questions then being answered by designated experts or by other users, or by some combination of experts and users. Whether a Q&A website is very general in nature (eg Yahoo Answers) or limited to a particular niche (eg the SEQ Legal Q&A), the website will face a similar set of legal issues, ...
43. Competition website terms and conditions
Competitions are a great promotional tool for some types of website. They increase user engagement, and, with modern web technologies, can be organised and managed with relative ease. However, publishers do need to consider the legal implications of running online competitions. In many cases, the most critical legal issue is the avoidance of gambling legislation. If a competition is regulated under the Gambling Act 2005, ...
44. Blog, affiliate and digital store terms and conditions
These terms and conditions have been created for websites that include a blog, affiliate links and offer digital downloads for sale. The terms and conditions are an amalgamation of the provisions from three of our other website terms and conditions documents. First, they include provisions from our blog terms and conditions, notably those relating to user content and RSS feeds. Second, they include provisions from ...
45. Download terms and conditions
These download terms and conditions templates each follow the same basic pattern, with standard clauses covering the order process, pricing and payments, distance selling rules, warranties, liability limitations and interpretation. However, the licensing clause in each document - which sets out the basis upon which a customer may use the downloaded files is tailored to the particular type of download.
46. Social and affiliate website terms and conditions
This template combines the provisions from our social network T&Cs and our affiliate website T&Cs documents. From the social network T&Cs, this document includes a special provision covering social functionality, another covering personal profiles, and another regarding RSS feeds. From the affiliate website T&Cs, this document includes a special clause containing a range of disclosures relating to the inclusion of affiliate ...
47. SaaS terms and conditions
These terms and conditions have been designed for business-to-business contracts for the provision of software-as-a-service (SaaS). Each document is accompanied by a services order form, which can be used online or offline, and which the parties must sign or otherwise agree in order to bring the contract into force. All versions are also accompanied by an acceptable use policy, setting out the detailed rules about the use and misuse of the service, and a GDPR-friendly data processing clause.
48. Directory and review website terms and conditions
This template combines the provisions from our directory website terms and conditions and our reviews website terms and conditions. The directory provisions cover both free and paid directory listings, whilst the reviews provisions cover both expert and user reviews.
49. Legal subscription website terms and conditions
This template is for websites offering access to legal materials (and potentially non-legal materials too) on a subscription basis. The template includes an optional distance contracting clause, to aid compliance in respect of customers that are consumers.
50. Web marketing terms and conditions
Digital marketing services come in many shapes and sizes and these T&Cs are designed to cover a wide range of services. The marketing services that are covered in these T&Cs are: search engine marketing, social media marketing, PPC (and other online advertising) management, email marketing management, hosted email marketing services, the provision of content for websites and general marketing consultancy services. Attached to ...