As a nutritionist, one of the first places clients will look for information about you is on your website. Your Website Terms of Use covers all visitors to your website and protects the intellectual property on your site.

Your Website Terms of Use differ from your Sales Terms and Conditions in that it applies to all visitors and users of your site rather than just customers purchasing books or online courses. Your Website Terms of Use should set out that it is an agreement between the visitor and your business. It should also set out that all of the intellectual property that you post on the website is owned by you.

It is a good idea to provide a link to your Website Terms of Use on any social media platforms that you use, for example your Facebook page, so that the contributors to your page are also subject to the same prohibited conduct and obligations as visitors to your website.

Distribution of Content

One of the best marketing tools you have as a nutritionist is the expertise you use to help your clients. This can include writing articles, recipes and answering questions. You should make sure that your Website Terms of Use covers that visitors can repost or share your content online. These links and shares can increase your profile and should be encouraged. You may however include limitations that you think are important for example that any articles must be reposted in their entirety or must link back directly to your website.

Disclaimers

You should include a disclaimer on your website which sets out that the information you are providing is general information only and that it does not take into account the visitor’s specific health information or circumstances. You should also state that the nutritional and dietary information you provide on your website does not guarantee any results or outcomes in relation to weight loss or health benefits.

Your website may also include links to third party sites, social media sites, advertisers or sponsored posts. These should be addressed in your Website Terms of Use and you should set out that you are not responsible for these links and websites and cannot vouch for third party links on your website.

If you have a forum or a discussion area on your website you should consider including a detailed set of prohibited and expected behaviour to ensure that your visitors are respectful to one another. This should also set out that you may block visitors or users from the website if they breach these terms.

Privacy

You should also have a Privacy Policy for your website (you can download your Privacy Policy for free here) and should refer to it in your Website Terms of Use. In performing the services and providing the products you should comply with the Australian Privacy Principles as set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and any other applicable legislation or privacy guidelines.

Conclusion

It is important to include a well drafted Website Terms of Use on your website to protect your intellectual property.  If you would like us to draft your Website Terms of Use, the online lawyers at LegalVision has extensive experience in this area. So if you’re in need of legal advice, contact us on 1300 544 755 and speak with one of our experienced IT solicitors today.

Edith Moss

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