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Social network and questions website terms and conditions

These template T&Cs combine the provisions of our social network T&Cs, and our Q&A website T&Cs.

The T&Cs include extensive provisions dealing with user content, which is often a major issue with social media websites. First, there is a dedicated licensing provision which sets out the basis upon which the content may be used by the website operator. Second, there is a set of warranties given by the user to the website operator. Third, there is an optional indemnity which may be used to back-up those warranties. (Of course, getting warranties and indemnities from a user is one thing, enforcing them is another.)

The T&Cs do not include anything relating to payments, and if your website features paid services, or indeed any other payment-related features, you will need to supplement these T&Cs appropriately or use a different template.

This document would usually be used in conjunction with a privacy and cookies policy document. The purpose of such policies is to help compliance with data protection disclosure laws.

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Social network and questions 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. Acceptable use: acceptable use: prohibitions; using contact details prohibited; veracity of information supplied.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Cancellation and suspension of account: rights of operator over free website account; cancellation of free website account by user.
  9. Social networking: social networking features; no responsibility for user behaviour; no liability for defamatory posts.
  10. Personal profiles: profile information accurate etc; profiles to be kept up to date; personal profile as user content.
  11. Questions and answers: use of question facility; use of answer facility; question subject matter; question categorisation; answers honest; questions and answers as user content; no liability for reliance.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Report abuse: request to report abuse; how to report abuse.
  15. Limited warranties: no warranties for information; right to discontinue website publication; no implied warranties or representations relating to website.
  16. 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.
  17. Indemnity: indemnity from website users.
  18. Breaches of these
    terms and conditions
    :
    consequences of breach; non circumvention of measures upon breach.
  19. Third party websites: third party websites: hyperlinks not recommendations; third party websites: no control or liability.
  20. Trade marks: website operator's trade marks; third party trade marks on website.
  21. Competitions: competitions on website; competition terms and conditions.
  22. Variation: document may be revised; variation of website document: unregistered users; variation of website document: registered users.
  23. Assignment: assignment by first party; assignment by second party.
  24. Severability: severability of whole; severability of parts.
  25. Third party rights: third party rights: benefit; third party rights: exercise of rights.
  26. Entire agreement: entire agreement - use of website.
  27. Law and jurisdiction: governing law; jurisdiction.
  28. Statutory and regulatory disclosures: ecommerce regulations: trade register; ecommerce regulations: authorisation scheme; ecommerce regulations: professionals; ecommerce regulations: code of conduct; value added tax number.
  29. Our details: website operator name; company registration details; place of business; contact information.
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