Please note that this is completely unsoliciated advice. I am not a lawyer and for those that need to seek legal advice, you need to consult a professional. Everything stated in this post is not only the personal opinion of a simple blogger, it holds no support in court.
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What Not To Do
- Steal Someone Else’s
- Not Have One
- Make It And Forget About It
- Your Acceptance
- User Submissions
If you expect to get any kind of submissions other than comments, you need to have this piece. Some things to address is who is allowed to submit content (over 13 or 18?), who owns the content ever it is submitted, what is appropriate to submit, and people need to not supply false or otherwise incorrect information. At the end, simply state that you have the sole authority to delete, remove, or edit content on the website at any time and without the permission of the user.
- Website Access
- Intellectual Property Rights
If you own the rights to trademarks or content you are selling, you need to explicitly state this. Using the phrase that content is provided AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise used for any other purposes without the prior written consent of the respective owners covers your property.
If at any time you do not have your own thoughts (guest posts) or offer comments on your site, you need to offer a disclaimer stating that you and your company do not endorse the comments and opinions of the author. This separates you from anything offensive that they could say that slips past your watch.
Would you add any “website specific” ideas to this list?