The meaning of ToS is: Terms of Service. That’s it.
But do you know what Terms of Service actually are? And how Terms of Service actually help your website or app?
If you would like to know the answer to these questions and more, then keep on reading.
For example, every social media platform has a Terms of Service document in place, to regulate the behavior of users, clarify copyright rules, limit liability and more. If users don’t act in accordance with the platform’s rules, they can be rightfully banned, because they agreed to stick to the rules when they first signed up.
Terms and Conditions aren’t only useful for large social platforms like Twitch, or YouTube. Even if you have a smaller website, or you’ve just started your blog or ecommerce site, you may want to consider adding a Terms and Conditions document. They can really make a difference.
But how? you may ask.
Let’s jump to the next paragraph!
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Terms of Service are important because they allow you to set your rules (within applicable law, of course), to define how your content, products or services can be used and shared, and they can protect you from legal liabilities.
Terms aren’t always mandatory (note: they’re often mandatory for e-commerce websites) but, without them, it’s difficult for you as a business to mount an adequate defense if sued or legally challenged over the use of your product or service.
Let’s say you’re a personal trainer giving advice about home workouts, health and nutrition.
In the unfortunate event that one of your readers got injured while following your tutorial, a valid Terms of Service document with proper disclaimers may help you limit your responsibility.
Ok, you agree. You do need Terms and Conditions.
The next question is: what should they include?
While the specific content of a Terms of Service document will vary based on your individual needs, this is what a basic Terms of Service document should include:
For your own good, it’s better if you don’t – unless you have extensive legal knowledge, then it’s fine.
Terms of Service are legal documents meant to meet incredibly complex and highly specific scenarios, and a badly written ToS document will not serve its purpose and may land you in legal hot water.
We always suggest seeking the advice of legal experts or using a reliable Terms and Conditions Generator – created by legal experts – that allows you to fully customize based on your individual needs.
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