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The Importance of Legal Documents and Disclaimers

Throughout 2004, the United States FTC (Federal Trade Commission) began an enormous attack on web companies that were lacking with the necessary legal documents on their own webpages, including disclaimers and privacy policies. Internet sites were banned and also the owners were charged substantial penalty fees. Even when your website is simply of a private, non-commercial nature, you need to have a minimum of a brief privacy policy, certain disclaimers along with a brief website terms of use, so that you can safeguard yourself from legal cases. A privacy policy informs your internet site visitors which kind of personal information you gather from them (if any) and just how you are going to use it. Even though you don’t collect any private information including email addresses and names, then you definitely should at the very least say so. So when you’ve got a contact page on your website, where people can key in their names and contact information, let them know what’s going to happen in relation to the contact information they submit.


Should you publish an e-mail newsletter, or have some type of announcement list that individuals can subscribe to on your website, let them know what happens with that contact information and which kind of information you’ll send them. An additional extremely important part will be that of the disclaimers. You have to disclaim your liability with the action people take regarding the data they read on your internet site. Inform your visitors that this content on your website is designed for information purposes only and that you don’t guarantee this information is precise and trusted, thus acting upon the knowledge in your website is at everybody´s own personal risk. Additionally you must disclaim your liability with the content material that’s linked through your site, or in simple terms: inform your visitors that you’re not accountable for the content on the rest of the websites in which you link through your site. With respect to the nature of one’s website / internet business, you must have even more disclaimers, including an earnings disclaimer when you’re promoting services and products which are dedicated to helping people to make money online.

Anyways, for those who have any type of commercial website, regardless of what you are promoting, I strongly suggest you don´t take any kind of risks and obtain professionally written legal documents coming from somebody that understands his stuff. In the actual terms of use, you essentially explain what individuals are able to do using the content on your website. You could inform your visitors that all the content articles and images in your website are copyright protected and they can only download one copy for his or her personal use. In the event you talk about brand names as well as registered trademarks within the text on your website pages, it’s also wise to state that all of the trademarks belong to their respective holders. Needless to say, it all depends on what you would like to do or sell on your own website. You may need membership agreements, purchase contracts along with a handful of other documents.