Why You Need a Terms & Conditions On Your Blog
This post was guest-written by Christina Scalera of The Contract Shop.
You’ve got the topics nailed down, the shiny new website, your fun new social media graphics picked out, and your adorable dog/cat/child is ready to play model for all the pictures you could possibly want to post… you’re almost ready to announce the launch of your brand spankin’ new blog!
There’s no need to get freaked out, these two bits of legal-ese aren’t hard to understand and use, but it is a good idea to have them displayed prominently on your blog. In fact, you could be violating federal law if you don’t. So let’s talk about what they are, and what you need to do.
At their heart, Privacy Policies are intended to create transparency between users (in our case, readers) and yourself via your blog or website. If you read blogs (and I’m assuming you do, since you’re starting one) then you know that you leave little bits of your personal information behind when you visit. Things like your IP address, your name (or username), and email. If you make a purchase, there’s even more personal information that can be collected by the site selling you something.
WHERE DO I GET ONE?
Terms and Conditions
A basic Terms and Conditions policy tells people what they can and cannot do with your original content (like your photos, your content, or that cool idea you talked about in your last post.) If you also sell content, it can be extended to protect you in the event that someone wants a refund or shares your content illegally.
It’s not at all uncommon for photos and content to be shared — with or without the permission of the creator — and often without credit. If this happens to you, what recourse do you have?
This is where a Terms and Conditions can help protect your interests. If you’ve clearly spelled out that you need to be asked for permission before your content is shared, then you’re on firmer ground if you need send a cease and desist letter or claim copyright infringement.
WHERE DO I GET ONE?
Here again, you can start with a solid, attorney-approved terms & conditions template and customize it to your needs which should covers everything you need and some things you might not have thought of.
Now you’re ready to rumble!
I want to mention a couple other things before I wrap this up.
The moral of the story? Privacy Policies and Terms of Conditions are important. Don’t ride the range without one! (Or launch a blog… you know what I mean. )
PS- I'm an affiliate with The Contract Shop (because I believe in this business and the products it offers that much).