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    Pay for custom TOS or rewrite existing one?

    Hi,

    I am not sure about which to do for some of my websites regarding Terms of Services. I have three options:

    1) Hire a professional for a custom, solid TOS (How much would this cost?)

    2) Try to write one myself. (Probably not going to happen)

    3) Look at existing TOSs and take bits and pieces to essential make my own (Did this for my web host, the TOS seems pretty solid - Terms of Service - MyBBWebHost but it is still hard work and possibly has errors).

    What do you think? I know Glype comes with a TOS, so I could rewrite that one since the owner assumed that it was good enough.

    What measures do you take for your own websites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie View Post
    There is one other option you overlooked and that is that there are sites out there that will generate one for you.

    Here is one Generator

    You can probably find more if you look around.


    Aus
    I have already written a Privacy Policy for myself that is fully function that I use for my sites

    But a Terms of Service is another thing - it has to be more custom to the site and you have to pay a lot more attention to detail for it to actually help you.

    Edit: Lol, why is Aussie's post appearing after mine?
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    There is one other option you overlooked and that is that there are sites out there that will generate one for you.

    Here is one Generator

    You can probably find more if you look around.


    Aus

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    I usually would choose to write it myself or get someone to write it. It was about $4 to $5 for me, when I got someone to write it. However, last week I created six new sites, and used the same one on all of them. I added a nofollow meta tag, so it would not get indexed. Don't really know if it will help.

    Or you can use a generator, but writing one will make it unique.

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    you are free to use mine if you want

    Terms of Service | Top-Private-Servers.com

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    It's cheaper and easier to just write it yourself. You don't need to be super smart or write in lawyer talk to have one, just a simple TOS and Privacy Policy is good for running a website.

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    I think the amount of effort to put into your Privacy Policy and ToS are normally based on your fear of someone bringing a lawsuit against you...
    Why pay for one if you are doing an adsense-based site unless making Will-like money or dealing in gray areas of copyright?

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    Quote Originally Posted by javanx3d View Post
    Why pay for one if you are doing an adsense-based site unless making Will-like money or dealing in gray areas of copyright?
    It's not an adsense based site, it's a proxy - where you can actually get into real trouble if you aren't protected by a strong TOS. That's why I'm worried about writing my own.
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    @Zash,
    Right, so just copy/replace site name of someone who is established...if you're still worried about it in the Proxy business, why stay in it?
    Best of luck
    Cheers,
    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by javanx3d View Post
    @Zash,
    Right, so just copy/replace site name of someone who is established...if you're still worried about it in the Proxy business, why stay in it?
    Best of luck
    Cheers,
    James
    I'm not worried, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't have a good TOS.
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