I was wondering if it's legal to copy a website's "Terms of Use" policy, and then use it on your own website?

1 Answer 1


If a website's TOS has restrictions against unauthorized copying and use of anything in the site, that applies to the TOS, too.

Chances are, no one will do a Google search on the exact text of their TOS to find if someone has copied it; but who knows? If they paid a legal service to draft a very specific and original TOS, they may be concerned with others copying it illegally.

Beyond that, their TOS is a legal document. Your TOS is a legal document. Your users sign a contract when they click and accept. If you copy and paste a TOS, and don't understand exactly what is in it, and you and your users are bound by that TOS, what kind of legal risks do you open yourself up to?

A simple Google search yields https://formswift.com/terms-of-service among others. Or try one of the many services like LegalZoom.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.