Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Community Guidelines Reminder

It's been a while, so we wanted to remind everyone about the community guidelines here on Polyvore. To help make sure that Polyvore remains a fun, friendly and safe place, we'd like to highlight a couple of things. Please respect the privacy of others. This means you should not upload pictures of others without their permission, this includes clipping photos from Facebook. Also, remember that images you upload on Polyvore can be used by everyone, so think twice before you upload photos of yourself, as well.

Please take a minute to look over the rest of Polyvore's guidelines:

When using Polyvore, you should:
  • Have fun! :)
  • Be creative and original
  • Share your sense of style and your artistic talent
  • Give people constructive feedback -- if you don't have anything nice or helpful to say, then don't say anything at all
  • Respect other people's views and beliefs
When using Polyvore, you should NOT:
  • Do NOT create adult content. No pornography, full frontal nudity, or sexually explicit language.
  • Do NOT promote violence or use hateful speech. No racist sets or comments.
  • Do NOT bully, harass, abuse, stalk, or threaten other people. No sets that are mean to other people.
  • Do NOT copy other people's sets and pretend they are yours.
  • Do NOT upload photos of other people without their permission.
  • Do NOT upload photos of yourself unless you are okay with other people using those photos. All items on Polyvore are considered public, meaning anybody else is free to use them. If you're not comfortable with this, then please don't upload your private pictures in the first place.
  • Do NOT create or upload content that infringes on any copyright, trademark, or patent.
  • Do NOT break any laws or participate in any illegal activities.
  • Do NOT use profanity in your sets, comments, or messages.
  • Do NOT send chain mail or spam in messages or comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can we please go over actual copyright rules. Post the Copyright Act and international copyright law or link to it and a legal site explaining it. 'Don't do it' isn't enough. You have to let people know WHAT they are and aren't allowed to do. I've found dozens of copyrighted images within the last hour used in sets. Yet no credits. The 'Art' subsection is prolific with it. Many were sourced back to the artist's website where it explicitly said permission is required, all rights reserved, copyright, etc.
It looks like a fun site, but these kids will end up getting sued, they will lose and the fines are steep. Doing stuff for your eyes only personal use for fun is one thing, BUT the sets are published in a public forum. You've done a good job laying legal responsibilites at users feet. You now have the responsibilty to educate them *adequately* since you've provided the means for blatant willy-nilly clipping. This is kind of like the Napster hazoo. That didn't end well.