Our dating website terms and conditions template provides a helpful model for operators of subscription-based dating sites.
As described in more detail below, the template contains provisions defining permitted and prohibited activity in connection with the website and site users' obligations that are common to our model documents for various website services. This template is, though, specifically tailored for dating website operators in several key respects.
In particular, this template contains detailed provisions defining the dating services that are provided on the site and the subscribers' rights and obligations in connection with these services. As a preliminary matter, the model T&Cs set out how visitors can become subscribers. The T&Cs then allow the site operator to specify precisely what services subscribers will be able to access. These provisions have the advantage of allowing the operator to define clearly the benefits of paid membership. The template does, however, allow for the operator to modify benefits in its discretion, although it may have an obligation to refund subscription fees for more substantial modifications.
The dating website terms and conditions template also allows the provider to detail the terms for renewal of membership, giving the provider alternatives to automatic renewal or, conversely, automatic cancellation. The T&Cs contain an optional provision that allows the operator to encourage member interactions to occur via the site by prohibiting users from posting personal contact details publicly. This type of provision may reassure those potential users who are concerned about having a limited ability to restrict direct contacts from other users.
The template contains an express acknowledgement from users that the website owner is not responsible for user behaviour or content.
The customary website usage provisions contained in the dating website terms and conditions template include a limited-use licence for site content granted to subscribers and a licence to their personal content granted by subscribers to the site, whilst protecting the trade mark rights of the site owner. Typical prohibitions on certain activities, such as those that harm the site, violate the law, infect computers with malware or collect data from the site, are also included.
Although users provide a licence to the dating website, they are fully responsible for their content, which must conform with the strict restrictions set out in the T&Cs. A lengthy list of prohibited content is included and generally covers potential violations of law as well as offensive, harmful and misleading content.
Our template contains standard contract provisions, including limitations on liability, remedies for user breach and indemnification by users. It also contains provisions designed to comply with the UK regulations on distance contracts.