The sale of knowledge - in the form of articles, guides, analyses, white papers and similar documents - represents a significant proportion of small-business electronic commerce. This terms and conditions template has been designed for just this sort of transaction.
There are two main reasons why the online sale of articles and similar electronic documents should be governed by properly drafted terms and conditions. First, such terms and conditions are required to comply with UK and EU laws on ecommerce and distance selling. Second, such terms and conditions set out the basis upon which electronic documents may be used (i.e. the customer licence), and without such an express basis it may be unclear what a customer is allowed to do with the document, and, just as important, what a customer is not allowed to do. By clarifying the basis of use, terms and conditions can protect the position of the publisher and reduce the chances of a dispute.
The T&Cs make no assumptions about the contents of the electronic documents sold. If the contents of a document present particular risks (e.g. financial information, or instructions to undertake dangerous activities), you should consider adding a specialist disclaimer of liability.
This particular template is comparatively easy to adapt, whilst maintaining some flexibility, for example in relation to the scope of the licence.