Website disclaimers

  EFC1878 20:51 21 Feb 2006

A friend of mine (honestly) wants to start upa new website but wants to place disclaimers on there to protect himself.

Where can he seek advice on writing disclaimers?

He was pointed towards somebody who wanted £1500 which seems steep.

An advice?
Any self help sites?

  Forum Editor 01:08 22 Feb 2006

It does, doesn't it?

Post back, telling me what kind of site this is going to be, if goods or services will be sold, etc., and I'll provide you with some generic text that will deal with the common issues.

  EFC1878 11:31 22 Feb 2006

He wants to set up a site which as far as I am aware gives infroamtion and advice on nutrition and I assume wants to be covered against any comeback from people using his site and advice.

I gues she could be selling nutritional products as well.

Any feedabck/help would be appreciated and I could pass it on.

  harristweed 13:58 22 Feb 2006

I found

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or dietitian. Information and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

and * General Disclaimer - Information and advice provided by The Institute for Optimum Nutrition is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Anyone suffering from a condition that requires medical attention or has symptoms that concerns them, should consult a qualified medical practitioner.ION and its staff shall not be held responsible for any claims relating to illness or ailments that are deemed to have arisen as a onsequence of reading any part, or all of the content provided on this website. The content is provided for general use and may be unsuitable for people suffering from conditions, diagnosed or otherwise.

plenty around...

  grumpy old git 17:39 22 Feb 2006

This one made me laugh ....ha ha ha ha ho!!!

He/she wants to set up a website offering advice and information and possibly take our money for nutritional products but wait a minute, if it all goes wrong we might sue him/her so they put a posting on PC Advisors forum to get wording for a disclaimer to protect themselves. Seems to me it's the poor old consumer that needs protecting. I don't mean to be hard and I am well aware that disclaimers are necessary in todays litigation culture. What I am saying is if you want advice or a product be very careful on the internet and only hand over your money to well known and trusted companies. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.

  EFC1878 17:42 22 Feb 2006

Careful laughing or you might have to change your user name

  laughing old git 21:18 22 Feb 2006

If your friend is serious about protecting themselves /products/website then they should take advice from a lawyer specialising in internet law and this will cost money. If the advice/product is likely to be a good performer then the costs will be recouped and the protection will give them piece of mind. £1500 does seem excessive, like everything else shop around for a more reasonable quote.

  ade.h 21:51 22 Feb 2006

Does your friend's professional indemnity cover include free legal advice? Mine does; very useful.

  ade.h 21:52 22 Feb 2006

And if he/she does not have PI, I would strongly advise it.

  Forum Editor 00:39 23 Feb 2006

Stick to one username please.

  Forum Editor 00:46 23 Feb 2006

to enable you to put some simple, yet effective disclaimers on this site, but if your friend wants to make absolutely sure I think it might be a good idea to get a lawyer to check the disclaimer text before the site goes live.

Ignore those who thinks it's helpful to say "This one made me laugh ....ha ha ha ha ho!!!" instead of taking you seriously. Disclaimers aren't a product of today's litigation culture, they've been around for hundreds of years, and are a sensible precaution.

harristweed has provided a helpful start, but what I suggest is that your friend concentrates on designing the site first - once that's done, post a link here, and I'll try to provide you with what you need by way of diclaimers.

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