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To avoid legal fees, could I get away with copying a similar company's User Agreement?


April 21st, 2017

I am in sweat equity and have no personal or corporate assets to lose. I can build an MVP without outside funding and drive transactions, and believe I will be in much better shape to pitch to funders. My intent would be to replace the UA immediately upon funding. This assumes that it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Max Hinkley Independent Consultant \​\ Software/Systems Engineer \​\ Desktop \​\ Embedded \​\ High-Assurance & Safety-Critical Systems

Last updated on April 23rd, 2017

There is an excellent book out there that may help. This was written before the day of the phone app, but has all kinds of sample software contracts, as well as explaining what needs to be considered in drafting your own. The Book is

The IT / Digital Legal Companion: A Comprehensive Business Guide to Software, IT, Internet, Media and IP Law

Chris Usrey Founder of vCounsel, providing Outsourced Counsel Services, Business Process Consulting and Technology Solutions

April 21st, 2017

The following is not legal advice and does not create a client attorney relationship. Rather than avoiding legal fees, you should find counsel that is interested in growing with you and doing so at a reasonable price. Assuming that you have a fairly standard product and competitors then a User Agreement should only run you $500-$750 max and maybe less if you pay the attorney for the form and edit yourself. Now if that is too much, you can find an example, but remember that it is likely copyrighted material so you don't want to copy it. Rather look at several examples and craft your own from them using your own look and feel. Just copying it would misappropriate their copyright whereas getting ideas and standard legal boilerplate from the public domain will not. Attorneys never craft a bespoke agreement from scratch, they take publicly available agreements or ones they previously used and tweak them. This is why it shouldn't cost you that much if you have a fairly standard model. Best of luck and feel free to reach out if you need help. Regards, Chris Christopher Usrey vCounsel (O) 214.612.6131 (D) 214.612.6135 This e-mail message (including any attachments) may contain information that is confidential, protected by the attorney-client or other applicable privileges, or otherwise comprising non-public information. This message is intended to be conveyed only to the designated recipient(s). If you have any reason to believe you are not an intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender by replying to this message and then deleting it from your system. Any use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message by unintended recipients is not authorized and may be unlawful.

Ar Mani Cofounder of Tuition Guild, Freelance Designer and Wordpress developer

April 22nd, 2017

I think there are alot of cheapest freelancer services available fiverr platform is one of them hire for 5-100$ and ask them to your job not copy someone else ! my idea.

Jamal Parvez Co-Founder C.T.O at J-Axis Raja Jamal Parvez

April 22nd, 2017

Never do this. Every company has different terms and conditions. You should contact someone who can help you. There are many people who helps startups in legal documentation find the best one for your startup. Good Luck.

Temitayo Odetayo Founder and CEO HBA Advisory, Founder, Street Gourmet Nigeria and Franchisee SuperGlass Inc, US

Last updated on April 25th, 2017


Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

April 21st, 2017

"Saving legal fees" has cost more companies more money than you can imagine. Find a law firm that works with start ups and ask them for deferred billing. I Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini, Fenwick & West, K&L Gates, among others all do this.

David VomLehn Why would you prefer a computer that breaks?

April 21st, 2017

Let's make it simple: someone paid for that User Agreement. You didn't. This would be theft. I know this is not what you want to do.

On the up side, there are lots of off-the-shelf pieces of legal work available on the Internet for free. You may very well be able to find something suitable.

Tom DiClemente Management Consulting | Interim CEO/COO | Coach

April 22nd, 2017

You need to have a UA that is tailored to your business, not someone else's. You can learn from the 1000s of UAs you've read but you need to generate your own personalized version on your own or with help from someone more qualified. Never copy.

Wally Barr Business Owner at Undrnu Management

April 22nd, 2017

I would not. If you want to discover the consequences of this action visit FTC The specialize in preventing the consequences of this approach and have some tragic stories of people doing this very thing. The founder is Allyn Cutts.