I’m creating a social networking site. Is it legal for me to basically copy off Facebook’s terms of service and privacy policies and just amend them for particulars of my own site? Or can Facebook file some sort of complaint against me for that?
The broader point that Naomi made below is a good one. TOS and privacy policies are not boilerplate; although they have many similarities, it’s important to draft them to reflect the specific features, functionality, privacy practices and risks associated with your business. After all, these form the contract between your company and each of its thousands or millions of users, so every opportunity should be taken to make them as favorable as possible. A qualified Internet lawyer who does this for many clients can generally prepare these documents in only a couple hours’ time after interviewing the client and getting a solid understanding of the site.
by Naomi Kokubo
Also, I’m not a lawyer, but you should check to see if there is a copyright notice on the document. If there is, then copying it verbatim and publishing it would be copyright infringement.