We’ll show you when you should use disclaimers, give examples of some of the most commonly-used and important disclaimers, and provide tips on how to best display your disclaimers.
Meaning of Disclaimer: a disclaimer is defined as “a denial or disavowal of legal claim…a writing that embodies a legal disclaimer.“
A well-written disclaimer may also help:
- Protect ownership of your intellectual property
- Dissuade others from using your intellectual property without authorization
- Safeguard you from claims that you stole, copied or used someone else’s intellectual property inappropriately
Though you may not pay them much mind, you’ll find disclaimers on nearly every website, and yours should have one too.
Why are Disclaimers Important
Disclaimers can’t eliminate the risk of future legal action against you, but they’re relatively easy and inexpensive ways to limit exposure to litigation.
Despite making every attempt to ensure accuracy, your website may still contain information that is:
Thankfully, a Disclaimer may still help deflect liability if a claim arises from harm caused by your site.
Who Should Use a Disclaimer
Disclaimers should be used by bloggers and website owners interested in protecting their interests from legal action arising from online commerce and publishing.
In fact they’re so vital, a better question may be, “Who shouldn’t use a disclaimer?”
What to Include in Your Disclaimer
Disclaimer content is largely dictated by your business and what type of blog or website you own.
Significant differences exist between industries and companies, but disclaimers should address EACH AREA in which you’re open to liability.
The best disclaimers are tailor made, but most incorporate many of the same elements.
When crafting a disclaimer, put yourself in your users’ shoes to uncover areas in which you’re vulnerable.
Better yet, enlist the help of coworkers, friends and family, as well as others who have gone through the process of making their own disclaimers.
If you’re drawing blanks, you’ll likely find much of what you’re looking for in disclaimers used by those with businesses similar to yours.
Types of Disclaimers
- Views Expressed Disclaimers
- Past Performance Disclaimers
- Professional Advice Disclaimers
- Use at Your Own Risk Disclaimers
- Health and Fitness Disclaimers
- Disclaimer of Warranties
- Financial Disclaimers
- Link Disclaimers
- Third-Party Disclaimers
- Errors and Omissions Disclaimers
- Affiliate Disclaimers