What is a website disclaimer?

The primary purpose of a website disclaimer is to limit or attempt to limit the liabilities that a website owner or publisher may suffer arising out of a website. Examples of the kinds of liability that publishers must contend with include libel/defamation, copyright infringement and breach of privacy.

Why do I need to have a disclaimer on my website?

Disclaimers are important, as they protect your business from claims relating to the accuracy, completeness and suitability of the information on your website. Adding a disclaimer to your website won’t cover you for every eventuality but it will help to protect you and restrict your liability arising from your website. It’s your way of stating the terms under which people access and use your website’s information and explains each party’s obligations.

Some of the issues your website disclaimer may address are:

  • Rights to information published
  • Website content (quality, accuracy and use)
  • Restrictions on who can use the website
  • External links
  • Your rights to remove or reproduce material uploaded or posted to your website
  • Liability for the actions of users of your website
  • Limiting liability for viruses, damage and availability
  • Legal jurisdiction

Why use Internet Law?

If you are operating a website which you think requires a detailed disclaimer, you should speak to an experienced contract lawyer. A good contract lawyer can help you prepare a disclaimer that is tailored to your business, and help mitigate your business risks. If you would like to speak to an experienced lawyer regarding your website’s disclaimer, contact us now and we will select the most suitable lawyer to personally assist you with your enquiry.

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