When you launch a website or app you are probably not thinking about legal issues, but you should. Depending on what your website or app does, you may need legal terms to protect you.
Other than state requirements, here are some reasons your startup’s website or app may need one or both:
- If you are sharing a lot of content, you can use your terms to prohibit unauthorized use of your content.
- If you want to prevent bots and automated systems from accessing your service, you can include prohibitions in your terms.
- If you allow users to create user accounts, then you can create rules for who can create accounts and how you and them can terminate those accounts.
- If you think you are exposing yourself to liability (like providing free self-help advice), you can use your terms to provide disclaimers and limitations on liability.
- If there is any likely chance of someone suing you, you can use your terms to dictate which state’s law applies and what court they must sue you in. (You can also include an arbitration clause.)