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

Updated on August 15, 2018
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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?

This example of a disclaimer expresses the nature of language in a show.
This example of a disclaimer expresses the nature of language in a show.

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!

Step Five: Legal Statement

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.

Disclaimers are a necessity when sharing information.
Disclaimers are a necessity when sharing information. | Source

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.

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    • Lukespook profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucas Uren 

      3 years ago from Japan

      Recently I was asked what the keywords were for this hub, the following list of keywords are the most relevant according to Google. How To Write A Disclaimer, How To Write A Disclaimer For A Blog, How To Write A Disclaimer For A Book, How To Write A Disclaimer Form, How To Write A Disclaimer For Music, How To Write A Disclaimer For An App, How To Write A Disclaimer For A Video, How To Write A Disclaimer For Photos, How To Write A Disclaimer For An Event, How To Write A Disclaimer For An Article.

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      florin nica 

      4 years ago

      Very helpful . Thank You

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      Johne391 

      4 years ago

      Rattling nice pattern and good subject matter, hardly anything else we need D. ekeeebcdcege

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      ronnie ato paintsil 

      5 years ago

      its bn so nice learning more from here.i wud preach to ny cowriters n producers about this. Am a movie director frim ghana, west africa.u can check me on face book

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      Al Aber 

      5 years ago

      I agree we should have a disclaimer on our sites, but am a bit unhappy about deceptive disclaimer statements. Kind of telling someone that he/she can use the information on the website and get the stated results, while blurring the disclaimer that states "Well, if you take action on this information it is at your own risk, it may not work for you". Hence my hub https://awle.hubpages.com/hub/Disclaimer-statement Nice hub anyway...thanks

    • Lukespook profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucas Uren 

      5 years ago from Japan

      If you have not got access, I just checked the link and it has been changed to invitation only readership. Not sure why. Anyway, you can still use it and you may use the disclaimers that I have written here, too. All I ask is that you link to this hub.

      Thanks.

      PS. As far as ledux goes, I am sure that they are either not actively blogging anymore, so if you use it just put a link to the following page just to be safe.

      http://ledux.blogspot.com/2005/03/herches-blog-dis...

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      Bonnie 

      5 years ago

      What if we haven't been granted access to Herche's Blog Disclaimer and therefore, can't link to it?

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      Raj 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this information. It is really very helpful.

    • Lukespook profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucas Uren 

      5 years ago from Japan

      Only if you agree to place a link to it. Give credit where credit is due.

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      rks 

      5 years ago

      Can I Use This Disclaimer.

    • Lukespook profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucas Uren 

      5 years ago from Japan

      Thanks for all the nice comments, It is good to know that my efforts are being appreciated.

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      Princess 

      5 years ago

      I loved your page, and it will be very helpful to me. I am writing a book about how another book that I edited for my publisher friend to publish. After my former friend and I parted ways, I looked through the book again and found some really questionable and misleading passages that I (somehow) didn't see before (maybe because my friend and I were having an emotional -- not sexual -- "affair"). Now, I have to warn potential readers of these passages. Without some kind of disclaimer, this book could cause me much lawsuit heartbreak. However, I have to do what I believe to be the right thing. Thank you very much for the creative disclaimers and the humor that they used. LOL!

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      nicolegray823 

      6 years ago from Covington

      I have written a disclaimer for my blog as it is a requirement to get your blog up, but I used an application wherein you just need to supplement questions with what your blog is all about, I also know people who copy disclaimers from other blogs. This one helps particularly to people who are having a hard time how to get their blog up. Thanks Luke!

    • Lukespook profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucas Uren 

      6 years ago from Japan

      You can use it provided that you place a link to this hub. Give credit where credit is due, so to speak.

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      MissB 

      6 years ago

      Can I use this disclaimer

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Wow - I've learned exactly what I was hoping for. Every writer should read this. I'll do my part by sharing it. A huge thank you!

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      brennawelker 

      7 years ago

      Useful information.

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      kailash 

      7 years ago

      thanks dude for the valuable support....

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      jack 

      7 years ago

      wow..tnks..i got the idea

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      Sagitaria 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this information. I'm just starting up a website and had no idea what I should include in a disclaimer. It's very worrying having to cover yourself for everything you say in case someone, somewhere gets upset.

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      kat@injury attorney 

      8 years ago

      I think it is about being civil and nice, I am sure you need disclaimers for everything. If you are really concerned you should contact an attorney.

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