As a website owner, you likely know—perhaps by experience—that anonymity on the Internet often leads to otherwise unacceptable behavior. But, what you may not know is that a Terms of Service agreement may give you legal recourse in stopping that behavior and laying out your expectations to your website users.
What is a Terms of Services Agreement?
Finally, only privacy policies are required by law if you collect personal data. While a Terms of Service agreement is not required, it is always a good idea.
Why do I need a Terms of Service Agreement?
The Terms of Service agreement is a legally binding contract between you and your website visitor, and it sets forth guidelines that users must follow in order to use your website. For example, your Terms of Services agreement can include a clause prohibiting spamming other users. If you also include a termination clause, users are now on notice that you can terminate their account for spamming other users—among other reasons stipulated in the agreement.
Another benefit of a Terms of Service agreement is that you can inform users you own the website content and that it is protected by copyright laws.
Perhaps the most important benefit, however, is that a Terms of Service agreement allows you to limit liability by including a Warranty Disclaimer. This clause provides that the website owner cannot be held responsible for errors in the website’s content.
For more information on what your Terms of Services Agreement should include, contact Revision Legal’s trademark attorneys through the form on this page or call 855-473-8474.