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Important Website Terms Of Use & Legal Disclaimers For Online Business Models and Mobile Apps (Applications)
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Important Website Terms Of Use & Legal Disclaimers For Online Business Models and Mobile Apps (Applications)

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Legal terms for website and mobile applications or apps along with privacy policy have to be drafted in accordance with the online business model. Business model of web-based businesses or online businesses is a well-known aspect on the Internet. Depending upon the type of website, corresponding legal disclaimers, website terms and conditions, and privacy policies are required to best suit the business needs.

Various types of online business models are discussed below from legal perspective.

1. Blogs

Blogs are usually employed to facilitate social interaction. Most of the blogs these days employ social widgets, such as, for example, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube etc. A blog should generally include disclaimer to minimize legal liability and disclaim any warranties. Additional information regarding name and contact details of company (individual) publishing the blog should also be stated.

If blog employs editors and / or guest authors, corresponding editorial and publication policy is mandatory, which should include writing & editing guidelines, disclaimers regarding original content, infringement of copyright (intellectual property rights or IPR) of third parties, moderation guidelines etc.

Most blogs maintain email subscription lists and subsequently collect data from visitors. Accordingly, appropriate privacy policy is also required. The privacy policy should clearly state purpose and mechanism for collecting personal data, types of data collected (name, email, phone number etc.), data protection mechanisms employed by blog owners (publishers), entities whose data is collected (visitors, users, customers, vendors, suppliers etc.), use of cookies, information related to tracking user traffic, information sharing and disclosure with third parties, un-subscription mechanisms, ways by which users can remove themselves from subscription list, etc.

Exemplary terms may be seen at Bits – The Business of Technology Blog by The New York Times. Terms and conditions are published here, while privacy policy can be seen here. Specific terms and conditions regarding user content is published here.

2. Membership Sites

Membership sites generally charge a fee (one-time, monthly or yearly) from users to provide exposure to valuable information, which may be used by the users to learn important skills.

In addition to above-mentioned legal disclaimers, terms & conditions, and, privacy policy, a refund policy is mandatory for membership sites. Also, the terms and conditions have to be detailed, specifically including important clauses like, user agreement, description of products and services provided to users, rights of users, user obligations, provisions regarding user account, security & password, domestic use vs. international use, user-generated (submitted) content, indemnity provisions, rights & restrictions for re-using, selling & publishing website content, termination of account, legal disclaimers regarding i

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