TOS, Disclaimer & Privacy Pages?

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Hello guys and girls.

I was just wondering, since I am no lawyer can I copy/paste then edit to structure around my own website terms of use, disclaimers and privacy pages?

Thanks
#disclaimer #pages #privacy #tos
  • Profile picture of the author George Sepich
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    Originally Posted by willyboy104 View Post

    I was just wondering, since I am no lawyer can I copy/paste then edit to structure around my own website terms of use, disclaimers and privacy pages?
    That could be potential copyright infringement. (Yes, even on legal docs...)

    Either hire a lawyer or look for a site on the web that offers templates for forms like that. I'm sure some will chime in with suggestions for the latter.
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  • Profile picture of the author willyboy104
    Thanks guys, that's exactly what I wanted to know

    I will take a look at templates that I can use for the basic structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author chandan_dutta
    This one you can use to generate privacy policy -> www.dmaresponsibility.org/PPG/
    I hope it will be easier.
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      willyboy, you should simply STOP right now.

      There are very good reasons and purposes for having disclaimers and terms of service. If you're just copying something to have something, then you could easily end up with terms that have the opposite result of what you want.

      For example, one goal is not to be litigation magnet. Instead of making attorneys drool after reading your legal terms, you want to be a porcupine that prevents legal hassles and problems.

      Slapping up the wrong terms on your website could be worse than not having any terms.

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      • Profile picture of the author willyboy104
        Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

        willyboy, you should simply STOP right now.

        There are very good reasons and purposes for having disclaimers and terms of service. If you're just copying something to have something, then you could easily end up with terms that have the opposite result of what you want.

        For example, one goal is not to be litigation magnet. Instead of making attorneys drool after reading your legal terms, you want to be a porcupine that prevents legal hassles and problems.

        Slapping up the wrong terms on your website could be worse than not having any terms.

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        There is a reason I mentioned editing and re-structuring the TOS/Privacy Policy, the reasons you mentioned above.

        I was merely going to use them as a sort of template, to use for my site however thank you for your reply and it is a word of warning to anyone else who would merely copy and paste TOS/Privacy policies without changing things around.
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        • Profile picture of the author halfpoint
          Auto Web Law Pro is what I use.
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          • Profile picture of the author rileyb
            These privacy policies are getting trickier with the new laws, google adsense new rules, etc.

            It is VERY important though, I have had lawyers contact me about taking things down.

            For example I was selling an acne cream from ebay instead of using their program. They sent me a legal document asking me nicely to take it down and of course I did.

            Im sure a privacy policy cant completely protect you but it is better than nothing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mountainmotorman
    Listen there are sites that you can grab the TOS and privacy policy for free.... You can also copy them and NOT have any type of legal issue because 99.9% of TOS and Privacy policies as well as other types of standard terms are cut and copy with an insert of the site url and main corp.

    FACTS MAM, JUST THE FACTS....LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Bellthorpe
    Your ToS should certainly reflect your desires. But keep in mind that they will have no effect on what people actually do. They will be universally ignored, so do keep it brief and don't spend too much time on them.

    I've never bothered with privacy policies.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Originally Posted by Bellthorpe View Post

      Your ToS should certainly reflect your desires. But keep in mind that they will have no effect on what people actually do. They will be universally ignored, so do keep it brief and don't spend too much time on them.

      I've never bothered with privacy policies.
      You gotta use them to protect your own ass from lawsuits and claims. If you don't use them, I'd say start using them from now onwards.

      If a person ignores it, No problem but when he sues you for thousands of dollars then you can use have the TOS to protect you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bellthorpe
        Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

        Originally Posted by Bellthorpe

        Your ToS should certainly reflect your desires. But keep in mind that they will have no effect on what people actually do. They will be universally ignored, so do keep it brief and don't spend too much time on them.

        I've never bothered with privacy policies.
        You gotta use them to protect your own ass from lawsuits and claims. If you don't use them, I'd say start using them from now onwards.
        Thanks, but I'm not in the US, and not likely to get sued.
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    Leave it to a lawyer to think they invented the law.

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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Trump
    A lot of the big IM'ers use Bob Silber to handle that. Might want to check him out...
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  • Profile picture of the author tamilseo
    is there any place i can outsource it to create tos, privacy,disclaimer pages?
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