Disclaimer

by KimW 6 replies
Anyone have a source for a good opinion disclaimer for a review site?
I have a site where people can review companies and services, but I want to have a disclaimer that I am not responsible for the opinons posted.
Any suggestions appreciated.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #disclaimer
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  • Profile picture of the author EndGame
    Originally Posted by Khuram Dhanani View Post

    Off the top of my head:

    We are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the companies and or websites listed on our website. This information is strictly for educational purposes and we may not be held reliable in any way.

    I'm sure you'll get something better from a warrior in the legal field, I read something like that somewhere :-)
    I assume it is for a review site where there are affiliate links? Can we really say we're not affiliated with those companies in anyway if we have their affiliate links all round our sites?
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      Originally Posted by EndGame View Post

      I assume it is for a review site where there are affiliate links? Can we really say we're not affiliated with those companies in anyway if we have their affiliate links all round our sites?
      That would be a very good point if my site was going to have affiliate links,but it isn't going to. Good point to remember tho. Thanks for the input.
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      • Profile picture of the author EndGame
        Originally Posted by Majik View Post

        That would be a very good point if my site was going to have affiliate links,but it isn't going to. Good point to remember tho. Thanks for the input.
        Kim
        Thanks Majik. I wasn't sure if it was for an affiliate site, so thought I would interject. But as time has taught me, one should never assume, for it makes an ass out of u and me.

        On another note, I went to a government advice department for small start up businesses in the UK. I was eagerly and excitedly telling him about my new internet website venture. When it came to disclaimers he recommended I merely copy the work of the big companies and corporations and insert my company's name in place of the big company's name.

        He quite correctly identified that said big companies spend thousands on constructing such documents. Why not just benefit from all that investment and effort? Short answer? It's illegal and has law suite written all over it in the brightest of sparkly writing. So I am always over cautious when it comes to these legal elements to websites.
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          Endgame,
          I understand exactly what you mean. I once owned a shop where I built custom computers for people. I wanted to have a guarantee to go with it when the customer walked out the door. A young kid who helped me on occasion went away and about 5 minutes later sent me a file to use.
          It was a document several pages long,stating in legalese what the customer could and could not do as far as having me do after sales work.
          I asked the kid how he came up with it so fast.
          His reply?
          "I copied it off < insert well known brand name here> website and just put in your name."
          Needless to say it was never used and the kid didn't work for me long!
          Once I have something I think totally fits, I intend to have someone knowledgable about the law look it over.
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          • Profile picture of the author DeenaEsq
            Majik,

            I'd really have to know more about your company to really construct a disclaimer. I agree that you're better off having something like this written by an attorney.

            Assuming that you can't afford one, you want to make sure you include something to the effect that the opinions expressed herein are not those of the Company and that they are the opinions and sole responsibility of the member who posted them. Look at a bunch of terms of use for the forum sites, Yahoo answers, social networking sites, etc. and similar sites. You will start to get an idea of what it needs to say.

            If you have other questions, let me know.

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