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How to Write a Disclaimer for a Novel, Website, or Blog

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Have You Written a Disclaimer, Yet?

Learning how to write a disclaimer is something many of us need to do—especially if it involves selling something or providing a service via a webpage or blog.

The use of a disclaimer is becoming more and more of a necessity these days. Any person, for any reason, may decide that there is something on your website or blog (something that you have written) that is in some way offensive or unacceptable either politically or socially. As a result, the reader may even decide to sue you (and we all know how easy it has become to do that).

So, to keep your beloved hide in one piece and your money in your wallet, it is in your best interests to write yourself a disclaimer—just to be safe!

The writing of a disclaimer can be a difficult task for someone who has never written one before, therefore, I am going to provide you with a brief guide that you may use and follow.

What to Include in Your Disclaimer

  • Explain that there are personal opinions expressed in your content.
  • Convey that you have no bad intentions.
  • Explain that you are not responsible for comments from others.
  • Be transparent and provide contact information.
  • Include a legal statement to protect yourself.

How to Write a Disclaimer

First things first, you will need to decide what kind of information to include in your disclaimer. A disclaimer is basically a declaration, so you may just want to declare some or all of the above.

What I do know is that writing a disclaimer can be a fun experience, because they can be written interestingly and have the potential to attract readers. I read blog disclaimers often and have found some really well-written ones that were great to read.

Why not write your own disclaimer today?

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Step One: Convey Personal Opinions

You will need to convey to your readers that your blog/website is a personal blog/website and that all articles and opinions contained within are your own.

Example: I, the author of the content that can be found here within can assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are of my own and are a result of the way in which my highly disorganized and somewhat dysfunctional mind interprets a particular situation and or concept.

Step Two: No Bad Intentions

Explain to your readers that your personal opinions and writings are not meant to defame, purge, humiliate, and/or injure anyone should they decide to act upon or reuse any information provided by you.

Example: I would like to expressly convey to you (the reader) that were I to accidentally defame, purge, humiliate, and/or hurt someone’s person or feelings as a result of them reading and/or acting upon any or all of the information and/or advice found here at my site, it is entirely unintentional of me to do so.

Step Three: Comments From Others

Mention the fact that any comments left by any other independent reader or author are the sole responsibility of that person.

Example: Any comments that may be found here at (your site name) are the express opinions and or the property of their individual authors. Therefore, I the owner/author of this site can not be held responsible for the fact that the minds of the respected authors may just well be as dysfunctional as my own, if not more . . . and it is not a practice of my own to edit any comments left here by others.

Step Four: Transparency

Include a paragraph or two requesting your readers to contact you directly via email should they wish for you to remove any content that they have identified as being sensitive, harmful, or unnecessary.

Example: Should you (the reader) identify any such content that is harmful, malicious, sensitive, or unnecessary, I request that you contact me via email so I may rectify the problem. Failing that you may like to just sit and weep incessantly!

The last thing you may like to include is a legal statement referring to any applicable laws and/or regulations pertaining to the country in which you live.

A legal statement is something that you may need to speak to a lawyer about. I am not a lawyer and therefore can not recommend what you should write. I am also unsure of whether or not a self-written disclaimer would stand up in a court of law or not. Again, that is something you would have to speak to a lawyer about.

Example of an Excessively Thorough Disclaimer

This blog disclaimer has to be the longest I have ever read, however, it is fabulously written. It is titled: Legal Redux: Herche’s Blog Disclaimer.

Heretofore and unto now, this blogger hosted weblog has had to rely exclusively on the blanket disclaimer provided for the corporate body of blog*spot addresses. While this kind of disclaimer is usually sufficient to protect a blogger from liability, it falls short when dealing with inherently offensive content, websites with a mind of their own and authors who are excessively paranoid about being dragged into court. With the above firmly borne in mind, we propose the following weblog disclaimer:

Http://ledux.blogspot.com (hereafter “this website”) will abide by, adhere to, accept responsibility for, endure under and act with respect toward the following weblog disclaimer:

By accessing this website, a web browser (hereafter user) consents that s/he is familiar with, understands and absolutely accepts the following weblog disclaimer:

The views expressed by the authors on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of this website, those who link to this website, the author’s mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, grandparents, cousins, step relations, any other blood relative and the author himself, this website’s web host, template designer, or any other organization, service, motto, logo, insignia or avatar in any way connected with this website.

Comments on this website are the sole responsibility of their writers and the writer will take full responsibility, liability, and blame for any libel or litigation that results from something written in or as a direct result of something written in a comment. The accuracy, completeness, veracity, honesty, exactitude, factuality and politeness of comments are not guaranteed.

All trademarks, service marks, collective marks, design rights, personality rights, copyrights, registered names, mottos, logos, avatars, insignias and marks used or cited by this website are the property of their respective owners and this website in no way accepts any responsibility for an infringement on one of the above.

Although it may claim otherwise, this website does not offer legal, medical, psychiatric, veterinary, gynecological, archaeological, astronomical, astrological, ontological, paleontological, philosophical, axiological, audiological, bacteriological, mineralogical, criminological, terminological, dermatological, ecclesiastical, campanological, phrenological, phonological, technological, hematological, campanological, neurological, psychobiological, urological, ufological, typological,, mythological, hydrological, xylological, zoological, logical or any other kind of professional advice. Nothing on this website should be construed as professional advice including, but not limited to, the above list.

The information provided on this website is of a general, broad, sweeping, large, wide-ranging, wide-reaching and wide-spread nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a licensed professional or chiropractor. A competent authority with specialized knowledge is the only one who can address the specific circumstances of your predicament. We can try, but this disclaimer frees us of any liability if negative consequences result from our efforts.

Please contact your local bar association, law society, neighborhood association of jurists, medical board, county hospital, phone book, online directory, local emergency number in your jurisdiction, mother or Google to find a or obtain a referral to a competent professional. If you do not have reasonable means of contacting an attorney-at-law, lawyer, civil law notary, barrister, solicitor, medical professional, coroner or any other professional in the area of your inquiry, meaning you are an orphaned, computer-illiterate social hazard, please exit this window and get your life in order.

This website has no control over the information you access via outbound link(s) in the post text, sidebar, header, footer or comment sections. This website does not endorse linked website(s), cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information found by following said links or the correctness of any analysis found therein and should not be held responsible for it or the consequences of a user’s use of that information. If you are curious about the veracity of something you find, please follow the directions in the above paragraph and consult the appropriate experts.

This website may inadvertently link to content that is obscene, prurient, useless, hate-filled, poisonous, pornographic, frivolous, empty, rotten, bad, disgusting, hostile, repulsive, virulent, infectious, malignant, antagonistic, irritating, obnoxious, harsh, embittered, rancorous, resentful, acrimonious, pestilential, baneful, noxious, toxic, venomous, pernicious or repetitive. This website in no way condones, endorses or takes responsibility for such content.

This website publishes content regularly and said content is maintained in reference to the protections afforded it under local, provincial, state, martial, federal, international and mafia law. Publication of information found on this website may be in violation of the laws of the city, county, state, country or other jurisdiction from where you are viewing this website’s content and laws in your jurisdiction may not protect or allow the same kinds of speech or distribution. In the case that the laws of the jurisdiction where this website’s content is maintained and those of yours conflict, this website does not encourage, condone, facilitate, recommend or protect the violation of any laws and cannot be responsible for any violations of such laws.

Because the World Wide Web is an integrated net of communication, discussion, and litigation, this website encourages the distribution of its content. Cross, reciprocal or just plain friendly hyper-linking is consistent with this information sharing and this disclaimer should not be construed as a condemnation of any linking practices. That said, any reproduction of this website’s content must credit the website by name and Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Should you link to this domain or use, reproduce, republish, regurgitate, repeat, reiterate, rebound, reecho, reverberate, mimic, imitate, parrot or duplicate the information contained on this website, you alone are responsible for that action and should, under threat of litigation, credit this website by name and URL.

This website is not recommended for inmates, ingrates or anyone professing an irrational fear of cats or any other mammal, those who have a penchant for time wasting, illiterates, and lawyers. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant or are nursing are advised to consult their husband and physician before reading this website. Eating before reading may result in unhealthy indigestion. Not recommended for people over the age of 120.

What is a General Disclaimer?

Warning signs are a type of general disclaimer.

Some over-the-counter diet medications include disclaimers that state “actual results may vary.”

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A general disclaimer is a legal statement that describes the purpose, use, or limitations of a product, service, or media. The purpose of a general disclaimer is to absolve the product, service, or content provider of liability in the event of a lawsuit. A disclaimer is often used in the place of a formal contract—it serves as a warning regarding relationship, rights, and responsibilities of any involved parties. If the general disclaimer is a document, it must be available to all parties for review. In some cases, a general disclaimer may be a written or verbal warning, such as a black box found on chemical or medication bottles.

Many websites include a general disclaimer that indicates the purpose of the content. They may also notify the viewer that the material is protected by copyright law. Most sites on the Internet are designed for informational or entertainment purposes and do not claim to offer expert advice. Disclaimers on the web may indicate that the website does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of information provided. Blog and web forum visitors may be notified with a disclaimer that content on the site is provided by outside sources and may not reflect the views of the organization that administers the website.

Some products carry a general disclaimer that improper use may be hazardous. This limits liability in the event that the the product causes harm when used in a way that was not intended by the manufacturer. If the product is defective or otherwise causes harm under use as directed, the company may be litigated. If it can be demonstrated that the consumer ignored the general disclaimer and did not follow instructions, however, the individuals would have a more difficult case. For example, if a consumer suffers breathing problems from using spray paint in an enclosed room despite the instructions, he would probably not win a lawsuit against the paint’s manufacturer for damages.

“Actual results may vary” is a common general disclaimer. This means that the product may not cause the advertised or desired result, even with strict adherence to the directions for use. For example, someone who takes an over-the-counter diet medication cannot sue if he fails to lose weight following the product’s directions. This does not limit liability in the event that other bodily harm comes from proper use of the product, such as health problems as a result of taking a diet medication.

Popular entertainment media on the Internet and informational television programs often give general disclaimers preceding their content. The statement can be as simple as “Viewer discretion is advised.” Individuals who ignore the general disclaimer abandon their legal grounds in the event that attempts to replicate content proves to be harmful. For example, parents would not be able to sue an educational science program, its cast, or broadcast network for damages to their children who had attempted to duplicate a dangerous experiment. Most programs with potentially dangerous content indicate that the actors in the program are trained professionals and include a general disclaimer of “Do not try this at home.”

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