Terms of use

Terms of use are rules by which one must agree to abide by in order to use a service. Unless in violation of consumer protection laws, such terms are usually legally binding.

Certain websites are noted for having carefully designed terms of service, particularly eBay and PayPal which need to maintain a high level of community trust because of transactions involving money. Terms of service can cover a range of issues, including acceptable user behavior online, a company’s marketing policies, and copyright notices. Some organizations, such as Yahoo!, can change their terms of service without notice to the user base.