I’m not a lawyer and I am in no way trying to represent myself in any legal capacity or offer you legal advice. I’m posting from personal experience after years of experience drafting legal documents for both print and the web.
What you need
The documents and disclaimers you need depend on what you are doing on the internet. An eCommerce website needs a refund policy, if you are giving dog grooming tips you don’t.
Copyright is automatic in most countries without official registration and most search engines are fanatical about not storing duplicate content. Websites like plagiarismdetector.net make it easy to detect duplicate content and Google’s crawler detects it on the fly as it crawls your website.
A copyright statement should be posted in the footer of every page of your website. The standard format being
Copyright © 2021 by Author's Name, all rights reserved.
Terms & Conditions
A Terms & Conditions policy should be used wherever visitors to the website have the opportunity to post content, relay messages, upload files or otherwise interact with the website or relay content through it. A Disclaimer of Liability should be posted on websites of this nature. This includes websites like Cyberwip where users are allowed to post comments.
Other Legal Documents
Depending on the nature of your website you may need any of the following documents:
- GDPR Notices – Cookies Policy
- Copyrights and Trademarks notices
- A Disclaimer of Liability
- EULA – End User License agreement
- Returns and Refund Policy
- SLA – Service Level Agreement
- Terms and Conditions
- Warranty Policy
- Cancellation or Termination of Service Policy
- .. or more
A good reference on drafting legal documents can be found at The National Archives – Federal Register – Drafting Legal Documents.
Note: Since these are Legal Documents requiring very specific statements it’s very unlikely that Google or anyone else will cite you for duplicate content unless the document is a verbatim copy of someone else’s work.
Again, these are just samples, check with a local lawyer or other legal authority to ensure that your documents meet any legal requirements.
These documents are difficult to write so it’s a little slow going, even using the same templates I have been working off for years.
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