Quick update on my current research: I have asked GPT 4.0 to assess the terms and conditions of a plugin
1. My prompt
Here are the terms and conditions of ChatWithPlugins, directly downloaded from the website:
This legal disclaimer applies to the usage of the (OMITTED FOR PRIVACY) (hereinafter referred to as the “Plugin”) hosted on ( HOST NAME ). By using the Plugin, you accept and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in this legal disclaimer.
The Plugin is designed to provide PDF document processing and searching based on user input. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as a substitute for personal research, preferences, or professional advice.
Accuracy and Completeness
While we strive to provide accurate, up-to-date, and complete information, we make no warranties or representations regarding the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information provided by the Plugin. Users are encouraged to verify the information within the PDF documents before making any decisions based on the search results provided by the Plugin.
Limitation of Liability
To the fullest extent permitted by law, we shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or exemplary damages, including but not limited to damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses resulting from the use of or inability to use the Plugin, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Third-Party Content and Links
The Plugin may process links to third-party websites or resources within the PDF documents. We are not responsible for the content or availability of such websites or resources and do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any content, products, or services available on or through such websites or resources. Users acknowledge and agree that we shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, products, or services available on or through any such website or resource.
All content provided by the Plugin, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and logos, is the property of the Plugin’s owner or its content providers and is protected by international copyright laws. Unauthorized use, reproduction, or distribution of this content is strictly prohibited.
Changes to the Legal Disclaimer
We reserve the right to modify this legal disclaimer at any time without prior notice. Users are responsible for regularly reviewing this legal disclaimer to stay informed about any changes. Continued use of the Plugin after any modifications to this legal disclaimer constitutes acceptance of the revised terms and conditions.
This legal disclaimer shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the Plugin’s owner is located. Users agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that jurisdiction for the resolution of any disputes arising from or in connection with this legal disclaimer or the use of the Plugin.
For any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this legal disclaimer, please contact us at )(E-MAIL IS PROVIDED, BUT NO PHYSICAL ADDRESS)
Question: Do you notice anything fishy?
2. GPT’s answer
*The terms and conditions you’ve provided appear to be fairly standard for a service like ChatWithPlugins. They cover various aspects such as the purpose of the Plugin, limitations of liability, third-party content, and copyright issues. However, there are a few points you might want to consider:
- Accuracy and Completeness: The terms state that while the Plugin aims to provide accurate information, it makes no warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information. This means you should double-check any data you receive from the Plugin.
- Limitation of Liability: The Plugin is not liable for any damages, whether direct or indirect, that may arise from using the service. This is a common clause but worth noting.
- Third-Party Content: The Plugin may process links to third-party websites but is not responsible for the content or availability of these sites.
- Governing Law: The terms are governed by the laws of the jurisdiction where the Plugin’s owner is located. This could be important if any legal issues arise.
- Contact Information: They provide an email for support, but no physical address is mentioned.
Nothing appears to be “fishy” per se, but these are points you might want to be aware of when using the service. Would you like to discuss any specific section in more detail?*
3. Another question
Where is the Plugin Owner based, then? What is the governing law in this scenario?
Also, I am concerned that limitations of liability are just legalese but, in fact, in my country, you may decline liability only as far as the law allows you to. If the law says you are liable, such statement has absolutely no value.
The terms and conditions don’t specify where the Plugin’s owner is located, which is the jurisdiction that would govern any legal issues. This is a point that might warrant further investigation if you’re considering a subscription.
As for the limitations of liability, you’re correct that such clauses are often subject to local laws. In many jurisdictions, including likely your own, companies can’t fully absolve themselves of liability through a terms of service agreement, especially for issues like gross negligence or willful misconduct. The clause is standard legalese, but its enforceability would depend on the specific legal regulations in your country.
If you have concerns about these aspects, it would be advisable to consult with a legal advisor to understand how these terms might interact with the laws applicable to you. Would you like to explore this further?
The one I analysed is a very reliable plugin but, as it could be seen, it escapes all sort of prosecution. Does not give away its physical address yet makes statements concerning its governing law (?).
Since that plugin is very good, in my opinion, that could be a starting point or benchmark to build upon.
I will keep you updated.