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Website Agreements

By Eric Misterovich

Website agreements define the relationship between the website owner and the website’s end user. If you are starting a commercial website, it is important to have custom-drafted website agreements that are tailored to your business model. Well crafted website agreements will provide your end users with a limited license to use the website while, at the same time, reserving all other rights to you and protecting your intellectual property. Additionally, website agreements will outline the acceptable uses of your website and any prohibited uses.

Well drafted website agreements also help your website take advantage of certain safe harbors that may protect you from liability. For example, website agreements may help you inform users that you take advantage of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides that a website owner cannot be held liable for the tortious acts of third parties provided it serves as an interactive computer service and does not control the content of third parties. Additionally, website agreements may also allow you to take advantage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act‘s safe harbor, which allows a website owner to avoid secondary liability for copyright infringement provided it expeditiously removes allegedly copyright infringing content.

Finally, website agreements define your use and collection of the personal and personally identifiable information of your users. It sets out user expectations for the privacy of information, and it complies with both state and federal laws, such as the Child Online Privacy Protection Act and the California Shine the Light Law.

If you need website agreements, contact the website agreement lawyers at Revision Legal at 855-473-8474 or complete the contact form to the right.

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