Website Terms of Use form a contractual relationship between you and any visitors to your website. They outline how visitors can use your website, what kind of conduct is prohibited and a disclaimer to limit your liability for your website.

As an online business you should also have a Privacy Policy and a set of Terms and Conditions, which will work in conjunction with your Website Terms of Use. These documents should be drafted, or at least reviewed, by a business lawyer. An Email Use Policy is also advisable.

What is prohibited conduct?

When you (or your business lawyer) are drafting your Website Terms of Use you should attempt to define the parameters of prohibited conduct. For example, visitors can’t use the site for any activities, post or transmit any material from the Site:

  • Unless they hold all necessary rights, licences and consents to do so;
  • That infringes the intellectual property or other rights of any person;
  • That would cause them or you to breach any law, regulation, rule, code or other legal obligation;
  • That defames, harasses, threatens, menaces, offends or restricts any person;
  • That is, or could reasonably be, considered to be obscene, inappropriate, defamatory, disparaging, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, threatening, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence or in breach of privacy; or
  • That would bring you, or your business website, into disrepute.

Other activities, which you and your business lawyer may also want to be prohibited, include:

  • Interfering with or inhibiting any other user from using your website;
  • Using your website to send unsolicited email messages;
  • Attempting to, or tampering with your website;
  • Hindering or modifying your website;
  • Knowingly transmitting viruses or disabling features which will damage or interfere with your website; and
  • Facilitating or assisting any other person to do any of the above acts.

Conclusion

It is essential to include a ‘Prohibited Conduct’ clause in your Website Terms of Use to ensure that the appropriate activities are undertaken on your site. It can also assist in blocking or removing people from your site, as they have breached the Terms of Use for the website.

If you’re unsure how to go about drafting your Website Terms of Use, you should speak with a qualified, experienced business lawyer, preferably one with experience drafting Website Terms of Use. You can save your business valuable time and money by getting your Website Terms of Use adequately protective in the first place. At LegalVision, we draft Website Terms of Use on a regular basis, so if you’re in need of legal advice, contact us on 1300 544 755 and speak with one of our small business solicitors.

 

COVID-19 Business Survey
LegalVision is conducting a survey on the impact of COVID-19 for businesses across Australia. The survey takes 2 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. We would appreciate your input. Take the survey now.

About LegalVision: LegalVision is a tech-driven, full-service commercial law firm that uses technology to deliver a faster, better quality and more cost-effective client experience.

The majority of our clients are LVConnect members. By becoming a member, you can stay ahead of legal issues while staying on top of costs. For just $199 per month, membership unlocks unlimited lawyer consultations, faster turnaround times, free legal templates and members-only discounts.

Learn more about LVConnect

Need Legal Help? Get a Free Fixed-Fee Quote

If you would like to receive a free fixed-fee quote or get in touch with our team, fill out the form below.

  • By submitting this form, you agree to receive emails from LegalVision and can unsubscribe at any time. See our full Privacy Policy.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Our Awards
  • 2019 Top 25 Startups - LinkedIn 2019 Top 25 Startups - LinkedIn
  • 2019 NewLaw Firm of the Year - Australian Law Awards 2019 NewLaw Firm of the Year - Australian Law Awards
  • 2020 Fastest Growing Law Firm - Financial Times APAC 500 2020 Fastest Growing Law Firm - Financial Times APAC 500
  • 2020 AFR Fast 100 List - Australian Financial Review 2020 AFR Fast 100 List - Australian Financial Review
  • 2020 Law Firm of the Year Finalist - Australasian Law Awards 2020 Law Firm of the Year Finalist - Australasian Law Awards
  • Most Innovative Law Firm - 2019 Australasian Lawyer 2019 Most Innovative Firm - Australasian Lawyer
Privacy Policy Snapshot

We collect and store information about you. Let us explain why we do this.

What information do you collect?

We collect a range of data about you, including your contact details, legal issues and data on how you use our website.

How do you collect information?

We collect information over the phone, by email and through our website.

What do you do with this information?

We store and use your information to deliver you better legal services. This mostly involves communicating with you, marketing to you and occasionally sharing your information with our partners.

How do I contact you?

You can always see what data you’ve stored with us.

Questions, comments or complaints? Reach out on 1300 544 755 or email us at info@legalvision.com.au

View Privacy Policy