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OpenSourceLiving gives people around the world the power to publish their own stories, see the world through the eyes of many other people, collectively collaborate and fund projects, and connect and share wherever they go. The conversation that happens on OpenSourceLiving – and the opinions expressed here – mirror the diversity of the people using OpenSourceLiving.

SOCIAL NETWORKING & BLOGGER CONTENT POLICY

To balance the needs and interests of a global population, OpenSourceLiving protects expression that meets the community standards outlined on this page.

Please review these standards. They will help you understand what type of expression is acceptable, and what type of content may be reported and removed.

Violence and Threats

Safety is OpenSourceLiving's top priority. We remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety. You may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence. Organizations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity are not allowed to maintain a presence on our site. We also prohibit promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others, including theft and vandalism.

Self-Harm

OpenSourceLiving takes threats of self-harm very seriously. We remove any promotion or encouragement of self-mutilation, eating disorders or hard drug abuse. We also work with suicide prevention agencies around the world to provide assistance for people in distress.

Bullying and Harassment

OpenSourceLiving does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.

Hate Speech

OpenSourceLiving does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

Graphic Content

OpenSourceLiving is a place where people turn to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it. However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.

When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. That includes choosing carefully the audience for the content. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it.

Nudity and Pornography

OpenSourceLiving has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.

Identity and Privacy

On OpenSourceLiving people connect using their real names and identities. We ask that you refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent. Claiming to be another person, creating a false presence for an organization, or creating multiple accounts undermines community and violates OpenSourceLiving's terms.

Phishing and Spam

We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security. We also ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

Security

We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security, including those that use fraud or deception. Additionally, we ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

 
Intellectual Property

Before sharing content on OpenSourceLiving, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights.

OpenSourceLiving respects the intellectual property rights of others and is committed to helping third parties protect their rights. Our Terms of Use prohibits users from posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights. When we receive a valid notice of IP infringement, we promptly remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing content. We also terminate the accounts of repeat infringers in appropriate circumstances.

Rights holders will find information below regarding how to report copyright and other intellectual property infringements by users posting content on our website, and answers to some frequently asked questions regarding our policies.

 
Copyright

Copyright protects creative works like music and film.

 
Trademark

Trademark protects the brand names and logos used to identify companies and their products.

Reporting Abuse

If you see something on OpenSourceLiving that you believe violates our terms, you should report it to us. Please keep in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the site.

Because of the diversity of our community, it's possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for being removed or blocked. For this reason, we also offer personal controls over what you see, such as the ability to hide or quietly cut ties with people, Pages, or applications that offend you.

CROWDFUNDING & PROJECT CREATION RULES

OpenSourceLiving is a platform dedicated to bringing creative, self-sustainable, and regenerative projects to life. We welcome and support projects in the diverse categories of Agriculture, Arts & Culture, Commerce & Economics, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Energy Production, Health & Fitness, Housing & Urban Development, Labor & Manufacturing, Resource Management, Spirituality, Technology & Science, Transportation & Civil Engineering, and Wildlife & Conservation. There are a couple of rules every OpenSourceLiving project must follow.

  • Our community is built on trust and communication. Projects can’t mislead people or misrepresent facts, and creators/promoters should be candid about what they plan to accomplish. When a project involves manufacturing and distributing something complex, like a gadget, we require projects to show a prototype of what they’re making, and we are very strict about photorealistic renderings.

  • While it is OpenSourceLiving's policy to make available funds donated to each project immediately whether or not a project/campaign meets its goal, this has the potential for abuse.  Currently, we require that projects not extend beyond a 120 day timeframe and that those campaigns which do offer rewards or "givebacks" have a maximum reward value of $100.00 USD per reward. We also currently require that project creators/promoters only facilitate up to 4 projects per year and that backers/donors may only back or donate to the same project up to 4 times.

  • Payments for projects/campaigns cannot exceed an amount of $2000.00 USD at any one time.  Our payment processing partners currently require this cap given that OpenSourceLiving only provides the platform for these payments to occur and does not hold funds for any particular amount of time as the exchange of funds occur strictly between the project creators/promoters and donors/backers. 

  • Projects can’t offer financial incentives or involve prohibited items.  We’re all in favor of investment opportunities, but they’re not permitted on OpenSourceLiving. Projects can’t offer financial incentives like equity or repayment. We also strictly prohibit any of the following things:


We prohibit projects that are illegal, heavily regulated, or potentially dangerous for backers, as well as rewards that the creator did not make.

• Any item claiming to cure, treat, or prevent an illness or condition (whether via a device, app, book, nutritional supplement, or other means).

• Contests, coupons, gambling, raffles, and lifetime memberships.

• Energy food and drinks.

• Offensive material (e.g., hate speech, encouraging violence against others, etc).

• Offering a genetically modified organism as a reward.

• Offering alcohol as a reward.

• Offering financial, money-processing, or credit services; financial intermediaries or cash-equivalent instruments; travel services (e.g., vacation packages); phone services (e.g., prepaid phone services, 900 numbers); and business marketing services.

• Political fundraising.

• Pornographic material.

• Resale. All rewards must have been produced or designed by the project or one of its creators — no reselling things from elsewhere.

• Tobacco, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

• Weapons, replicas of weapons, and weapon accessories.If your project involves something illegal, heavily regulated, or potentially dangerous for backers and it is not on this list, please contact us before starting your project.


These rules don’t cover every possible use of OpenSourceLiving, but they explain our purpose and perspective. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at https://opensourceliving.org/index.php/contact-us.

Whether you’re thinking of backing a project or starting one, here are some ways you can help make sure your experience on OpenSourceLiving is a great one.

What everyone should know

Creators are responsible for their projects. When you back a project, you’re trusting the creator to do a good job, so if you don’t know them personally or by reputation, do a little research first. OpenSourceLiving doesn’t evaluate a project’s claims, resolve disputes, or offer refunds — backers decide what’s worth funding and what’s not.

Some projects won’t go as planned. Even with a creator’s best efforts, a project may not work out the way everyone hopes. OpenSourceLiving creators have a remarkable track record, but nothing is guaranteed. Keep this in mind when you back a project.

What backers/donors can do

Explore the project page. It should tell you everything you need to know, including details about the project and information about the creator who’s vouching for it.

Read what others say. If you’re not sure about something, you can look elsewhere on the web. Does the creator have an online presence, or past work you can look at? Do people say good things about them? If you’re curious about the thing they’re creating, you can look into that, too. Has it been tried before? What happened then?

Ask questions. If there’s something you want to know about a project, ask the creator — they will have their own profile page and a respective interest group you can join to interact with others who may be a part of the project. And if you come across anything suspicious, just let us know. That feedback helps us make sure no one’s trying to abuse the system.

What creators/promoters can do

Be open. Let everyone know who you are and what you want to accomplish. You’re asking people to work with you toward a common goal — and it’s a lot easier for them to do that when they know where you’re coming from.

Be responsive. Do your best to answer backers’ questions and address their concerns, quickly and thoroughly. It’s a great way of showing people that you’re reliable, available, and committed to your project.

Be honest. Sometimes it’s tempting to “sell” your project with a glossy pitch and assurances that the work will be easy. But backers can trust you much more when you’re being straightforward and honest. Give them a real look at the work you’re doing, and be frank about the risks and challenges involved.

BUYING & SELLING IN THE MARKETPLACE

OpenSourceLiving is also a platform where our members can support other members by purchasing their goods. It also allows members to become vendors and sell products that they have created themselves or simply something that they just want to resale and recycle into their community. When engaging with fellow members within the marketplace, we ask that you follow as few simple rules:

• carry on your activities in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

• conduct your business transactions with other users in good faith.

• carry on your activities in accordance with the Terms and any applicable Additional Agreements.

• do not defraud any person or entity (including without limitation sale of stolen items, use of stolen credit/debit cards).

• do not impersonate any person or entity, misrepresent yourself or your affiliation with any person or entity.

• do not engage in spamming or phishing.

• do not engage in any other unlawful activities (including without limitation those which would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, etc) or encourage or abet any unlawful activities.

• do not engage in any activities that would otherwise create any liability for OpenSourceLiving.Org or our affiliates.