Helps website owners retain power and security over their site by establishing the ground rules? for users' behavior on a website.
- Terms Changes: In many cases, web sites will be able to change their terms without notifying the users of the site; this provision states this rule explicitly.
- Scope of Use: This will establish the authorized use of the website(s) in question. Additionally, a provision about the security of user emails might also be included at this point.
- Intellectual Property: Declaring that the information that is posted to the site will be held to the same copyright laws as all intellectual property.
- Links: Because many websites link to other sites, it’s important to establish what the policy of the site is regarding those links, especially the relationships the linked sites have to the home site.
- Warranties (or “No Warranties”): This section establishes the fact that the website is presented in what is known as “as is” form – in other words, there are no guarantees implicit in the use of the web site.
These provisions provide a strong and comprehensive idea of the user’s role in the use of the website and what the website owners consider to be lawful and/or appropriate use of the site.
Because the owner of the website does not have to allow everyone to use their site, they are allowed to dictate the terms of an implicit agreement with anyone who uses said site.Think about it this way: because a website is a type of property (and can include published intellectual property, for example), the website owner will always have more rights than the casual user when it comes to running said site. In simple terms, this is the same reason bars and taverns have the right to refuse service to anyone and even kick certain customers out.