Website disclaimer

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A simple website legal notice, containing copyright provisions and a simple disclaimer, together with coverage for basic statutory disclosures.

Author: Alasdair Taylor
Updated: 1 April 2021
Length: 5 pages
Notes: 8 pages
Format: MS Word (.DOCX)

We created this website disclaimer for the very simplest kinds of website. For instance, it may be suitable for use on a website that publishes information - providing that that information does not give rise to any particular or unusual risks. This website disclaimer is not intended for use on websites that have any more sophisticated kinds of interactive functionality.

For instance, it will not be suitable for websites that require registration to access particular areas or services; nor will it be suitable for websites that include bulletin boards, allow users to post comments, or feature other kinds of user-generated content. If your website has any of these features, you should consider our other website terms and conditions of use documents.

As well as a disclaimer of liability, this template includes provisions concerning the rights that users have to use website content, as well as provisions relating to mandatory legal disclosures (for example, under the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002).

The disclaimer is essentially a cut-down version of our standard website terms and conditions of use document. Accordingly, if you are using one of those documents, you do not need this website disclaimer.

  1. Introduction
  2. Copyright notice
  3. Licence to use website
  4. Acceptable use
  5. Limited warranties
  6. Limitations and exclusions of liability
  7. Variation
  8. Severability
  9. Law and jurisdiction
  10. Statutory and regulatory disclosures
  11. Our details
If I use the disclaimer template, do I need to get users to agree to it by clicking a button or ticking a box?

A disclaimer notice published on a website may not be considered to create a contract between a user and a website operated, unless there is some active acceptance of its terms, and even then the answer to the question of whether the relationship is contractual will depend upon all the circumstances.

This template, however, is designed to be relevant even where there is no contract. The main part of the disclaimer consists of a copyright licence, a disclaimer of liability and a section of statutory disclosures. The utility of these sections is not dependant upon there being a contractual relationship between the parties.

The short answer to your question is this: unless you are trying to create a contractual relationship, then the disclaimer does not need to be specifically accepted by a user to be useful. However, there are many circumstances where a contractual relationship will be appropriate and desirable, and in those circumstances you will want to ensure not just that there is a contractual relationship, but that the contract incorporates all the relevant terms. If those terms are set out in the disclaimer, then the user should actively accept the disclaimer at or before the time the contract is made.

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