Website disclaimer

This website disclaimer is a legal notice covering some of the key legal issues that arise out of the operation of a website.

The disclaimer incorporates a licence setting out the basis upon which a website may be used and a set of limitations of liability. It also helps website operators to comply with information disclosure laws. The disclaimer is a shorter version of our website terms and conditions template.

NB If you are looking for a disclaimer for an online shop or web store, we suggest that you consider our online shop pack.

*A licence to use this disclaimer without the credit/attribution text.

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More information about website disclaimers

Our disclaimer document is intended for use in relation to the simplest kinds of website that need to comply with English law: information-only websites lacking any significant interactive features (other than hyperLinks and HTML forms). This disclaimer has been used on hundreds of thousands of websites.

The disclaimer has three main functions.  First, it specifies the basis upon which the website may be used.  In order to use a website, it must be copied, and so this takes the form of a copyright licence.  Second, it attempts to limit and exclude (disclaimer) various types of liability that may arise from the use of the website.  Third, it prompts the publication of certain information that must, under English law, be published on a website.

The document is a shorter version of the basic website terms and conditions document available on this website.  The main differences is that this document omits the provisions relating specifically to interactive website features.

The disclaimer document is divided into the following sections:

  • a licence of the copyright in the website (and restrictions on what may be done with the material on the website);
  • a disclaimer of liability (which gives the document its name);
  • a variation clause;
  • an entire agreement clause;
  • a clause specifying the applicable law and the jurisdiction in which disputes will be decided; and
  • a provision specifying some of the information which needs to be disclosed under the Ecommerce Regulations.

Alternative website legal documents

This template covers the basics, but many websites need more specialist legal documentation. We supply a wide range of specialist terms and conditions through our ecommerce websites, Website Contracts and Docular. The former supplies the templates as static MS Word documents; the latter allows you to edit the documents online, automating some of the more tedious parts of the editing process.

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Comments

Hi,

Do you have a document for no liability for a community support group for loss, theft, accident, death and maybe somthing for no liability regarding information given.

I help with a community support group called Fastminds for Adults with ADHD and other related conditions and need a no liability document and have no idea where to start. Our group is run from members’ small donations as most are on benefits and low wage. 

Regards

Cathy Sheldon, Fastminds

Do you have a disclaimer for a news publishing site, one that might post about stocks or general news perhaps even gossip or satire, posting other peoples content?

Assuming this is a question about personal (non-commercial) websites containing product reviews, rather than commerical websites containing reviews of “personal products”, then the answer is “no” I’m afraid. We don’t currently publish any documents for personal websites, in part because compliance with EU VAT rules is a hassle when selling digital products to consumers.

Hi,

Do you have disclaimer for a site offering honest opinions about anything? I imagine the disclaimer would contain something about the opinions given is not advice, but opinions etc.

Thanks in advance.

Sorry – I don’t have anything designed to cover opinions in general, beyond those more general provisions contained in the website, medical information and legal information disclaimers.

Hello

Do you have anything that covers services – in particular artwork that is rendered for likenesses, covering in the event people to think its accurate etc etc, use of images given via social media etc?

Hello, I provide a local service here in Oregon. Clients come to my shop and I would like to have a disclaimer stating I have a “no refund policy”.

All our documents are English law documents. You should not use this disclaimer or any of our other templates as a basis for a document to be used in Oregan.

Also, we don’t have a “no refund policy” document available.

Hi!

Thanks for the great resource!

Would you happen to have or know anywhere I could obtain a template for a Website Design & Hosting company?

Thanks!!

Our site will allow users to upload their content. We will want to be able to absolve ourselves from any copyright issues, offence etc, by stating that the site is not responsible for users’ postings and doesnt neccesarily reflect our views.

Whilst you can put in place documents and procedures that will help you to reduce hte risk of a claim in relation to user content, you can’t entirely absolve yourself of responsibility. 

Do we need a disclaimer if we, as an employer, challenge any employee to eat hot spicy food – a disclaimer that we are not liable for any injuries caused resulting from eating the food?

You don’t “need” a disclaimer in the sense that the law (of England and Wales) would require you to have one.  Indeed, even if you had a disclaimer, it may be unenforceable under the law.

In any case, I suggest you think very carefully before challenging employees to do anything that might lead to injury.  There is the potential for liability here.  For information about the employer’s duty of care to employees, see:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/workers/employers.htm

I have been asked to create a “disclaimer” that will be added to all service agreements for vendors servicing our residential properties.  Do you have a template for this type of document?

Are you looking for a disclaimer of liability, or something more comprehensive?

In which country is the business based?

And what specific services are being provided under these agreements?

Hello,

I need a disclaimer leather patch test template.

Can you help with this please?

regards

Blessing 

Hi. Do you have a disclaimer for an online buying and selling page excluding responsibility for condition of items etc. Many thanks.

hi 

I am setting up a patient support website for patients and families undergoing limb reconstruction. I am a registered nurse here in Sydney with 15 yrs experience in this field. My intention for the site is to provide an avenue for patients to link with specialists in their area, provide information and education and advice on general expectations potential complications associated with life undergoing lower limb reconstruction. I do not intend to nurse the patients but guide them back to their specialist where appropriate. I need a disclaimer – can you advise? Kind regards.

Hello! I am setting up a website with pretty much the same aim as the above Australian Nurse but my topic will be focus on Podiatry (foot health). I am hoping to provide advises online but not making diagnostics and to redirect patients to a clinic near to them. I will have informative content on it as well. Do you have a disclaimer for this purpose? Many thanks, Elsa Franca

Hi

Is there anyway i can obtain a template for the drafting of a notice of validity, I wish to obtain information from the transport and mainroads minister in Queensland Australia on the validity that human beings of living flesh and blood actully need a licence to travel freely in their privately owned personal convayence on public roads, and does the privately owned conveyance (automobile) require registration and insurance.

From what i understand the governing bodies being the Transport and Mainroads Dept have an Australian Business Number so this makes them a corporation or a business.

So my concern is how can a business like the Queensland Transport and Mainroads Dept or any fictional entity (Government Dept) in Australia force any living human being to contract with them in this fashion, forcing people to register, insure and obtain a licence in order to travel freely in their own privately owned convayence (automobile) on public roads, streets, highways, freeways or motorways that belong to the people and bought, built and payed for by the people.

Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

I’m afraid we don’t have anything along these lines (or indeed any Australian law documentation).

Hi I am looking for a disclaimer which advises customers the product may differ slightly (different sizes can often look different) than the one shown in the picture which is a generic image for a range of sizes.

Hi. Do you have website terms and conditions for a website that matches tattoo artists to clients? Can we disclaim if the tattoo artist makes an error and we are sued?

Hi I will be offering a service checking over properties for basic faults. Do you have a disclaimer that protects me if I miss a fault? I’m in the UK

Hi I’m starting an inventory company. We will be gathering information and loading this information into a website that will link up with an iOS app and an android app. We require a disclaimer and term and conditions section for these as we don’t want to be held liable if the website or apps crash and we lose information.

This need to be legal in New Zealand etc.

This document has been designed with English and EU law in mind. You should look for a template drafted under NZ law.

Hi,

I’m going to register as a self-employed Inventory Clerk. Do you have a disclaimer and term and conditions template for this type of business? 

Many thanks.

Hi there, 

I am setting up a ecommerce website selling third party retail products online. I need disclaimers for food and health, allergy and other disclaimers. Can you help? 

Thanks, 

Anish

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