Here are the 5 reasons for having the same.
1. Prevent abuses
Abusive users can include those who spam other users, post defamatory content on the website, etc. if you are having a social media type website, then you need to specify clearly that investigative and intolerant behavior will not be accepted. This clause needs to be included in the terms and conditions. You can specify that spamming will not be tolerated via public or private messages. You can explain the disciplinary action that will be taken for abusing your website. Furnish your details, a web developer can enable this agreement in the web page.
2. Own your content
Terms & conditions help you to protect your website logo and content that is created by you. If your website is hosted user-generated content then you can specify that content generated by users will belong to them. In the agreement, you can inform your users that the content you own are protected by international copyright laws and that you are the sole owner of the content. The use of website logo and company branding without permission is not acceptable. This clause is called as Intellectual property clause. It contains the following content:
The website, its features, original content and functionality are solely owned by [website owner]. These are protected in accordance with an international patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and other proprietary rights or intellectual property laws.
3. Terminate accounts
The termination clause states that you have the right to terminate the account not just temporarily ban users in case they are not following the rules and guidelines specified in the terms and conditions. This clause is important as it informs the users that abusive accounts will be banned and terminated if they are found to be breaching the regulation. For websites that have a registration, the section should have a termination clause. In this case, the users need to register with the website before accessing the portions of the website. You can ban or disable the abusive users based on their deviant activity.
Termination clause usually looks like: We may terminate your account and deny access to the site without notice or cause. This may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all the information linked to your account. The provisions which are present in the agreement by their nature should survive termination. The warranty disclaimers, ownership provisions, limitations of liability and indemnity include without limitation.
4. Limit liability
5. Prescribe the law particular to the region
These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the laws of the State of New York and the United States of America.
If your company is in London from the United Kingdom, then the clause will look something like this.
These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the United Kingdom.
If you operate your website from another country (Australia, UK, Canada, South Africa), update the agreement to include the home country or the country in which your company (that owns and operates the website) is registered in.