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News website terms and conditions

News websites come in many shapes and sizes, from generalist newspaper sites with millions of readers to specialist journals covering a very particular area or field. This terms and conditions template has been designed to deal with the specific legal issues that commonly affect such websites.

The template includes special clauses covering: the representation of different viewpoints on a website, reader comments and RSS news feeds - as well as general clauses on copyright, user content rules and licensing, warranties, liabilities and statutory disclosures.

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News website terms and conditions contents

  1. Introduction: document governs website use; consent to website document: implied; consent to website terms and conditions: express; website user minimum age; cookie consent.
  2. Copyright notice: UCC copyright notice; ownership of rights in website.
  3. Licence to use website: licence to use website; no downloading; website use: permitted purposes; no modification of website content; limitations on licence to use website; redistributable content; restriction of access to website.
  4. RSS feed: access to RSS feed; accessing RSS and acceptance of document; RSS licence; RSS licence condition; revocation of RSS licence.
  5. News: articles may not reflect publisher views.
  6. Acceptable use: acceptable use: prohibitions; using contact details prohibited; veracity of information supplied.
  7. Registration and accounts: account eligibility; account registration process; no other person permitted to use account; notify on misuse of account; use of another's account.
  8. User login details: provision of login details; user ID rules and impersonation; password to be kept confidential; notify on disclosure of password; responsibility for password loss.
  9. Cancellation and suspension of account: rights of operator over free website account; cancellation of free website account by user.
  10. Comments feature: use of comments feature; moderation of comments; no copy comments; comment licence and rules.
  11. Your content: licence: definition of user content; licence of user content; sub-licensing of user content; right to bring proceedings in respect of user content; waiver of moral rights in user content; user may edit own content; delete etc user content on breach.
  12. Your content: rules: user content warranty; no unlawful user content; user content rules; civility and user content; hyperlinking and user content; previous complaints and user content.
  13. Report abuse: request to report abuse; how to report abuse.
  14. Limited warranties: no warranties for information; right to discontinue website publication; no implied warranties or representations relating to website.
  15. Limitations and exclusions of liability: caveats to limits of liability; interpretation of limits of liability; no liablity for free information or services; no liability for force majeure; no liability for business losses; no liability for loss of data or software; no liability for consequential loss; no personal liability.
  16. Indemnity: indemnity from website users.
  17. Breaches of these
    terms and conditions
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    consequences of breach; non circumvention of measures upon breach.
  18. Third party websites: third party websites: hyperlinks not recommendations; third party websites: no control or liability.
  19. Variation: document may be revised; variation of website document: unregistered users; variation of website document: registered users.
  20. Assignment: assignment by first party; assignment by second party.
  21. Severability: severability of whole; severability of parts.
  22. Third party rights: third party rights: benefit; third party rights: exercise of rights.
  23. Entire agreement: entire agreement - use of website.
  24. Law and jurisdiction: governing law; jurisdiction.
  25. Statutory and regulatory disclosures: ecommerce regulations: trade register; ecommerce regulations: authorisation scheme; ecommerce regulations: professionals; ecommerce regulations: code of conduct; value added tax number.
  26. Our details: website operator name; company registration details; place of business; contact information.
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