17 July 2007 09:08am
I am trying to write some T&Cs for my ecommerce site so I've been checking out some of my competitors. I've noticed that some of them (and dozens of other sites not related to my industry) are using IDENTICAL terms and conditions. This suggests they are using some sort of template.
Can I just copy them seeing as they are not unique to any particular vender? Or would I need to find the author of the template and pay/ask for permission?
Director at Watson Hall Ltd
21 July 2007 12:50pm
Check the copyright details on the site you have looked at. But beware, it may be that the T&Cs are not appropriate for your own website. The jurisdiction will have a large effect (UK, France, US, etc) on whether what you write will stand up in court, and the terms should be tailored to exactly what your website does or needs to do.
Similarly for privacy statements. For example, I recently saw an online survey that stated "we will never let any third party see or use the data you give us"... and this was on a third party's website who were running the survey on behalf of a local council. Copying and pasting without thinking leads to problems.
Ensure you take due care. Decent solicitors with experience in this area will probably charge £500 to £1,000 to get this right for you.
Colin WatsonTechnical DirectorWatson Hall Ltd Website security
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