People usually find the law difficult to understand because there are so many variations from seemingly simple rules. You start with the basic concept that murder is illegal, but then specific scenarios cloud the subject. What if the person committing the offense was insane? What if they came home, found their spouse in bed with another person and killed the spouse in a fit of rage? How about a scenario where the “victim” wanted to die, such as we see in assisted suicide cases? It can all become a bit confusing.
There is no difference.
You can use any of the three choices on a website or app. Terms act as a contract between an online property and the users of that property. The party providing the property can call the terms by any of the three titles. The choice of one name over another has no legal impact. For example, consider how some of the better-known online companies in the world name their terms:
- Google uses “Terms of Service.”
- Verizon goes with “Terms and Conditions.”
- Facebook uses “Terms of Service.”
- Amazon calls its terms “Conditions of Use.”
Terms vs EULA
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention end-user license agreements (EULA). You should use a EULA when you are offering software online. Why a license agreement instead of one of the three variations of terms? For technical intellectual property law reasons, software companies do not actually sell software to customers. Huh? The companies license the software so they can assert certain rights concerning warranties and guarantees. If you intend to offer software products to the world online, make sure you speak with an attorney and obtain the appropriate EULA. Importantly, you will often still need a terms document to define how the customers can use not the software, but your website.
Pick Your Poison
To your success!