In these series, I review various Terms and Conditions generators available online. It’s to help you decide which ones are useful for your platform and which ones to avoid.
I am not affiliated with any of those generators and do not get compensated for the reviews. What you read are just my own honest professional opinions.
As an IT lawyer, I have drafted and reviewed hundreds of Terms. Here are the things to look for when evaluating them. One of the most important things is to ensure that the Terms protect you from unnecessary liability for how users use your platform.
With that in mind, let’s see how the TermsFeed stacks up.
TermsFeed generator operates as a freemium model. You can generate basic Terms for free but you have to pay for premium options. In this review, we evaluate only the free version I have generated here.
- What liability protections are included? Disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability. No indemnity.
- Free preview without having to fill in fields or give email? No. It’s mandatory to fill in the fields some users would prefer to leave blank (i.e. your address) and enter email before you see what you’ll be getting.
- Appears professionally-written? More or less, although a bit circular and has some errors.
- Plain English? Yes.
- Explanations/instructions? No.
- Level of customization? Moderate. You get to input your business name, site address and other identifiers. More important custom clauses are not included in the free version.
- IP ownership provisions? No, not in the free version.
- Procedures re copyright infringement? No.
- Right to modify Terms at any time? Yes.
- Right to terminate/ban any account at any time? Yes.
- Governing Law firmly set close to your headquarters? Sort of. First sentence makes it clear that the laws of your state and country govern these Terms. But this is somewhat negated by the second sentence, “Your use of the Application may also be subject to other local, state, national, or international laws.” Note also that it incorrectly refers to my platform as an “Application,” even though I selected the “Website” free option.
- Arbitration clause included? No.
- Ecommerce-specific provisions? No.
(Important liability protections are included, that’s the most important part.
But other important clauses are missing.)