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I've come to the point in development where I think I should take care of some of the "cover my butt" things. In particular, I'm looking for free samples or templates for "terms of service/use" and "privacy policy" statements.

I actually do have my law degree and know something about IP, contracts, etc. However, it's always better not to reinvent the wheel with these type of industry-wide boilerplate documents.

I couldn't find this answer anywhere on this or other StackExchange sites. Of any legit looking sites, I only found paid templates.

Does anyone know of a good website that offers these templates for free? I can edit a general one if needed, but it would be best to have some already geared towards an online game.

UPDATE

Some promising resources I found out there:

TRUSTe Privacy policy generator:

http://www.truste.com/technology/#labs

I think you are supposed to pay to use the TRUSTe seal or something, but that doesn't stop you from using this as a starting point. I guess it might help to read their TOS first (LoL).

Legal River TOS / Privacy Policy Generator:

http://terms-of-service-generator.legalriver.com/

http://privacy-policy-generator.legalriver.com/

For now I'll start with these and rework them for my needs. Would still love to hear if anyone knows of a better one geared towards online games.

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Is this useful? http://www.bennadel.com/coldfusion/privacy-policy-generator.htm

Why not just bite the bullet and pay for one? You should know (with a law degree) that you want it to be right.

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I'll accept this as best answer and for getting me to use "generator" in my search terms. –  MikeCruz13 May 19 '12 at 0:57
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He really is spot on about getting someone with an actual law degree to work with you in creating a privacy policy though. I would guess that the defense of "But I used this privacy policy generator! You can't take me to court!" probably won't work out well. –  Dalin Seivewright May 22 '12 at 20:16
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I paid a lawyer to prepare mine, but I felt everything that was included was just boilerplate with language for my games plugged in.

If I were to do it again I would just collect together a series TOS's from other web sites and business from my country, and re write in plain English each point in those TOS's.

I would say a Free TOS would be worth the money you pay for it, and about effective as something you wrote yourself.

Note: The above is bad legal advice, but IANAL and just saying what I would do next time.

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