Find Legal Disclaimers & Forms for ALL of Your Websites

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Does your website have the proper legal disclaimers? What types of disclaimers do you need? These are common questions I get during meetings with new (and seasoned) online business owners.

My official answer is you should consult with an attorney or lawyer to determine exactly what you need. However, below is some additional information that could be helpful. Here’s a list of the most common types of legal forms that are typically seen on websites:

Privacy Policy – these policies help build trust with your website visitors and are now required by main affiliate networks and Google products (AdSense, Adwords, etc.). The Privacy Policy outlines what personal information and cookies are collected and how they will used by your website or company.

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Terms & Conditions (of Use) – this is an important legal form for your site that spells out the rights and obligations of your website visitors for using your website. This could include how they can consume content, videos, audios and software that you have for download.

Disclaimer – The disclaimer form is usually a shorter version of the terms of conditions. It outlines the license of copyright and how content can be used plus it provides a disclaimer of liability (hence the name of the document).

Copyright Notice – This should be in the footer of your site when you publish the site. It should include the word “copyright” or the © symbol plus the year of publication and the name of the copyright holder. Having this notice on your website may help deter infringements and it could also help build a legal case should you have to sue someone for copyright infringement.

Anti-Spam Policy – If you request your visitors email addresses for any reason including email newsletters, account creation, RSS syndication or any other reason you will want an anti-spam policy. This will help you build trust with your visitors as you state your position on illegal junk email.

External Links Policy – If you link out to any other site you will want this type of disclaimer on your site. You do not want to be responsible for any viruses, spyware or illegal materials on sites that you do not own. Having an external links policy will help prevent you from being liable in these cases.

DMCA Notice – One of the most common reasons for litigation with website owners is due to the illegal use of a photo, video or other piece of intellectual property. Having a DMCA Notice on your site gives you an easy way to handle potential copyright complaints.

Earnings Disclaimer (If applicable) – If you create any sort of product that shows people how to make money doing something you need an earnings disclaimer. These disclaimers state that any earnings claims made on the website are for representation only and do not represent typical earnings (plus a lot of other legal mumbo jumbo!).

Affiliate Compensation (Earnings) Notice (If applicable) – A few years back, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began requiring affiliate marketers to disclose their affiliate status or material connection to products or services they promote. If you can earn a commission on anything you do on your website, you’ll want one of these!

Health Disclaimers (If applicable) – This is a lot like the earnings disclaimer, but deals with results shown on a website related to dieting, exercise, weight loss, etc.). These statements help prevent lawsuits from customers who were injured or didn’t get the results they expected. If you own or promote anything in the diet, exercise or weight loss niche you’ll want a good health disclaimer.

Affiliate Agreement (If applicable) – this form only pertains to businesses or individuals who own products or services that offer an affiliate (or reseller) program. This policy will outline the rules of the program that affiliates must follow.

Refunds Policy (If applicable) – One of the most common reasons consumers leave bad reviews online about products and businesses is when have unsatisfactory results and can’t get a refund. Having a refund policy on your site allows you to easily spell out exactly how long customers have to request a refund and if you charge any restocking fees (for physical products).


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