How to Protect Your Online Course with Rock-Solid Terms and Conditions

Are you ready to launch your online course and share your expertise with the world? Before you hit that “publish” button, it’s essential to protect yourself, your students, and your...

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Course Terms & Conditions Guide!

Learn what your course terms & conditions should include to protect your course from IP theft and refund abuse in this FREE guide!

How to Protect Your Online Course with Rock-Solid Terms and Conditions

Are you ready to launch your online course and share your expertise with the world? Before you hit that “publish” button, it’s essential to protect yourself, your students, and your...

mockup of PDF cover that says "Online course terms and conditions made simple: An Easy To Understand Guide to Protecting Your Online Course"

Course Terms & Conditions Guide!

Learn what your course terms & conditions should include to protect your course from IP theft and refund abuse in this FREE guide!

Are you ready to launch your online course and share your expertise with the world? Before you hit that “publish” button, it’s essential to protect yourself, your students, and your hard work with comprehensive online course terms and conditions. In this blog post, we’ll break down why these legal agreements are crucial, what should be included, and how a simple click-to-accept feature can make the registration process a breeze. 

What We'll Cover...

What are Online Course Terms and Conditions?

Online course terms and conditions are like the rules of the road for your course. They outline the rights and responsibilities of both you as the course creator and your students. 

These agreements help set clear expectations, reduce confusion, and protect both parties from potential legal issues.

Why Are Online Course Terms and Conditions Important?

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Having well-crafted online course terms and conditions is crucial for several reasons. First and foremost, they ensure that everyone involved understands their roles and responsibilities. 

This is the first step to preventing disputes!

By outlining these expectations upfront, you can avoid any misunderstandings or disputes later on. Additionally, these agreements protect both you and your students from potential legal liabilities, providing peace of mind for all parties involved.

What Should Be Included In Your Online Course Terms and Conditions?

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When choosing your online course terms and conditions, be sure it includes the following key elements:

1. Payment Terms: It should clearly outline when payment is due, accepted payment methods, and any applicable taxes or fees. Don’t forget to include details on your refund policy and cancellations if they apply. Transparency is key!

2. Intellectual Property Rights: It should protect your valuable course materials by stating that all content belongs solely to you. Make it clear that unauthorized reproduction or distribution is strictly prohibited.

3. Privacy: It should describe how you handle and secure any personal information collected during registration, such as names and email addresses. Inform your students if any third-party services will have access to their data.

4. Limitation of Liability: It should protect you from legal action related to technical issues or other unexpected events that may affect the delivery of your course content. It should make it clear that you’re not responsible for any losses incurred beyond your control.

5. Termination Clauses: It should provide you with flexibility in case you need to cancel or terminate a course due to low enrollment numbers or unforeseen circumstances. This clause should outline the conditions and procedures for course cancellation.

DIYing Your Terms and Conditions: Yay or Nay?

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It probably won’t surprise you to hear that this is a big fat NAY from us.

Let’s be real: Yes it would benefit us if you chose not to make your own and chose to use our document generator instead. But there’s a reason we created Plainly Legal™ and no, it wasn’t just to make money. 😉

Over the years of working with online businesses helping them protect their businesses, the Plainly Legal™ team has seen many course creators try and piece together their own legal docs.

Or worse… copying and editing someone else’s terms and conditions. Yikes! 

(Psst! Legal documents are copyrighted, and yes, it’s copyright infringement to copy and edit someone else’s T&C!)

So what’s the big deal?

DIYing legal documents typically result in insufficient protection and gaping holes that could easily lead to costly legal disputes, lost revenue from refund abuse, and unprotected intellectual property.

That’s because they lack very specific legalese drafted by lawyers, tested again and again and again in court, and designed to close loopholes. 

And trust us, you don’t wanna be baking in loopholes into your terms and conditions. #Don’tSkipTheLegalese 

But we get it. When you’re getting started, money’s tight and hiring a lawyer in the early stages of business is simply out of reach for most people. 

This is where finding reputable and affordable resources for quality legal documents with language created by lawyers and crafted specifically for online courses and online businesses makes all the difference. 

Like Plainly Legal™. 😉

Streamline Registration with Click-to-Accept Terms

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You’ve probably signed up for something yourself at some point that required you to check a box to accept the terms & conditions of the offer. This is a click-to-accept agreement.

Most online course platforms and payment gateways build in a click-to-accept feature (also called clickwrap or click-through agreement) into their checkout pages.

By using a click-to-accept feature for your online course checkout workflow, your students can accept your terms and conditions with just one click. This streamlined signature process ensures that both parties have agreed to the terms, providing clear evidence of acceptance and acts as a digital signature of sorts.

Why Choose Click-to-Accept?

Using click-to-accept for your terms & conditions offers numerous benefits for both you and your students. 

It provides clear evidence of agreement, protecting you from potential legal disputes. 

Make sure acceptance is a requirement to completing the checkout process and that it’s accepted BEFORE the transaction takes place. That way, if needed, you can prove they knew what the terms were before they bought.

It also fosters buyer confidence when the prospective student knows exactly what your terms are. Allowing them to make informed decisions makes a big difference!

Ultimately, a click-to-accept option simplifies the checkout process and ensures that refund, cancellation, and other important policies are clearly communicated to your students at the time of purchase.

Don’t let legal complexities dampen your excitement for launching your online course. By including a well-crafted, lawyer-approved online course terms and conditions, you can ensure a protected experience for both you and your students. 

Creating iron-clad online course terms and conditions should never feel overwhelming. And guess what? It doesn’t have to. With Plainly Legal™, you can confidently protect your business and provide your students with a secure learning environment. We make the legal stuff easy to understand, so you can focus on what you do best — sharing your knowledge with the world!

With our state-of-the-art Legal Doc Generator, creating the perfect terms and conditions for your online course using lawyer-drafted clauses is quick, easy, and affordable! Learn more here.

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