Are disclaimers copyrighted?

by Joe Ox
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(1) I'm not a doctor and can't afford a lawyer.

So, I'm publishing this book where I give people physical exercises to do and want to protect myself and my readers.
There are many books on the same exact topic, so I was thinking of copying my competition's disclaimer and paste it on my book.

Can I do that?
Or do you have any other idea, always keeping in mind (1) ?

Thank You
Joe
#copyrighted #disclaimers
  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    I have done something similar, but I got permission to do it.

    There are free disclaimer generators out there, google 'em. I think there's even a plugin for workpress for it, but that seems pretty useless since it's just a little bit of HTML that you would need to paste into a disclaimer page once.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Ox
      Originally Posted by MartinPlatt View Post

      I have done something similar, but I got permission to do it.

      There are free disclaimer generators out there, google 'em. I think there's even a plugin for workpress for it, but that seems pretty useless since it's just a little bit of HTML that you would need to paste into a disclaimer page once.
      so are you suggesting to contact my competitor and ask him to use his disclaimer?
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  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    Just use a generic disclaimer. In all honesty, most people skim over this portion from what I know. You can also rewrite the disclaimer to make it unique so that you avoid any potential problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgva
    I would just rewrite the disclaimer in my own words.
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  • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
    Writing a Disclaimer isn't that hard. Figure out what you don't know, tell people what you don't know, tell them that they should consult a professional in their field to best suit their personal needs, tell them that this is general advice their mileage may vary, tell them that they assume all risks, tell them that you take no responsibility for their actions based on the information contained within. If it is an earnings type disclaimer, tell them that past results are no guarantee of future success, that individual results may vary, and that there are no assurances of success. That's disclaimer writing 101 in general from someone who could legally be considered an expert.

    However, my own disclaimer is that this is not legal advice for any particular situation, I am only licensed to practice law in one jurisdiction and that laws vary. Consulting an attorney regarding your specific needs may provide a more complete answer to your question.
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