Terms and Conditions for a Meetup.com-style network?


I am about to open up registrations to my open-source meetup.com alternative, but am worried about the legal side.

What sort of things should I put in the Terms and Conditions, and do I need them to explicitly click "I agree" before being allowed to click "Register"?

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asked Aug 3 '12 at 21:44
Samuel Marks
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So we don't assume that your question is linkbait, What specifically about your terms and conditions are you concerned about? Is there something in Meetups T&C's that is problematic?

Here is an EFF article on the legality of different consent to agree approaches.

answered Aug 3 '12 at 22:47
Jim Galley
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If you are worried about the legal side of your Terms and Conditions, shouldn't you hire an attorney to review yours??? Free legal advice here is not actual legal advice.

Second, take a look at your competitor's Terms and Conditions. How does yours differ?

answered Aug 4 '12 at 01:45
Gary E
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  • To address your first point, this is a completely open-source project from which I don't plan to make any money from. Also, I'm a student so have no money to speak of to invest in my side-projects. As for yours (and @jimg) other point, are the Terms and Conditions text copywritten? – Samuel Marks 12 years ago
  • It is generally agreed that common license agreement terms can't be copyrighted. You can pick up **free** agreements all over the web. If you have specific legal worries and can't afford to address them, you should **not** rely of free advice. Either get a lawyer, go with a standard agreement, or quit the project. – Gary E 12 years ago

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