Please take these rules seriously. A violation of any of these Community Guidelines puts your channel in jeopardy of termination and your channel monetization earnings forfeited.
Remember, this is your community, aswell!
– Respect others and play nice
– Participate and have fun
– Express yourself and upload original content you created
– Collaborate and assist others
– Ask questions
– Upload or post pornography, nudity or sexual content
– Upload or post any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.
– Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or participate in hate speech or obscenities (i.e. curse words, vulgar language, crass or rude speech).
– Post files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have expressly received all necessary consents.
– Post files or content that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer.
– Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose.
– Post surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters.
– Download any file posted by another User of a forum that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
– Restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying any public area of the Services.
– Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, or impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
– Discuss private and confidential terms of your partnership
– Share unlawful content that is owned or is the licensed property of RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) or MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) or NMPA (National Music Publishers Association).
Here are some common-sense rules that will help you steer clear of trouble:
Pornography and sexually explicit content is not acceptable and is illegal. If this describes your video, even if it’s a video of yourself, don’t post it on our network or YouTube. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation.
Sex and Nudity
Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.
“Hate speech” refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist, bigotry or sexist content may be considered hate speech.
Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.
We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).
Shocking and Disgusting
The world is a dangerous place. Sometimes people do get hurt and it’s inevitable that these events may be documented on YouTube. However, it’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful.
If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional context and information. For instance, including a clip from a slaughter house in a video on factory farming may be appropriate. However, stringing together unrelated and gruesome clips of animals being slaughtered in a video may be considered gratuitous if its purpose is to shock rather than illustrate.
Don’t post videos showing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb-making. Graphic or gratuitous violence is also not allowed.
Don’t post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust. If your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don’t post it.
Dangerous Illegal Acts
While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers theoretically might do in response, we draw the line at content that’s intended to incite violence or encourage dangerous, illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. This means not posting videos on things like instructional bomb making, ninja assassin training, sniper attacks, videos that train terrorists, or tips on illegal street racing. Any depictions like these should be educational or documentary and shouldn’t be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them.
Videos involving children (anyone under the age of 18) are particularly sensitive. Videos containing children should never be sexually suggestive or violent. Please be cautious when posting something involving a child. If you’re sharing a private moment or home movie, consider making it a private video so that only your family and friends can see it.
Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don’t upload videos you didn’t make, or use content in your videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or videos made by other users, without written or necessary authorizations.
When you create something original, you own the copyright for it. Likewise, when other people create content, they may have a copyright to it. As a creative community, it’s essential that everyone on YouTube respect the copyrights of others. If you’re not sure if something will violate someone’s copyright, the safest thing to do is to create something completely original, with images and audio you’ve created. If it’s all yours you never have to worry about copyright—you own it. If you’ve recorded something from a DVD, videotaped your TV screen, or downloaded a video online, don’t post it unless you have permission.
If a video you’ve recorded features people who are readily identifiable and who haven’t consented to being filmed, there’s a chance they’ll file a privacy complaint seeking its removal. We’ll notify you if that happens and give you a chance to edit and re-upload your video before we act on the complaint. If we do remove your video for privacy reasons, don’t upload another version featuring the same people. Chances are those people will file another privacy complaint or report you for harassment. Don’t post other people’s personal information, including phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and government IDs. We’re serious about keeping our users safe and suspend accounts that violate people’s privacy.
It comes down to respect. It is all about sharing and interacting with the community in respectful ways. If you’re not sure whether a video or comment you’ve made crosses the line, follow a simple rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it on our Network or YouTube. And if you’re looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, go elsewhere.
Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms of Service are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from YouTube and our Network.
Impersonating another user by copying someone’s exact channel layout, using a similar username, or posing as that person in comments, emails or videos is considered harassment. If you want to keep your account, stay away from participating in any form of impersonation or harassing activity on the site.
Users shouldn’t feel threatened when they’re on YouTube. Period. Don’t leave threatening comments on other people’s videos.
Spam / Misleading Information
Everyone hates spam. Don’t create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views. It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.
WE ENFORCE THESE GUIDELINES
The Stem Digital staff reviews flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a video doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These videos may be age-restricted. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. If your account is terminated, you won’t be allowed to create any new accounts. For more information about how the Community Guidelines are enforced and there are consequences for violating them.
If you are found to be violating these policies, you may receive a notice via email. If you don’t explain or correct your behavior, your account may be blocked from our services. We reserve the right to enforce (or not enforce) these policies in our sole discretion.
While these policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act in any particular manner, we reserve the right to suspend accounts or remove content, without notice, for any reason. We also reserve the right to terminate your access without refund or payment of moneys due from channel monetization for any reason whatsoever.
We reserve the right to take any action as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request or to protect the rights, property or safety of Stem Digital, its users, its stakeholders, its employees, and the public.
Defamation/Slander/Libel actions. “Slander” is false or defamatory words spoken about an individual or business. “Libel” is any comments published or posted on the Internet (cyberspace or web) intending to damage an individual’s or business’ reputation or character in a permanent form which is considered “defamatory.”
If you are found to be posting statements online on any Internet based media including but not limited to blogs, community boards, forums, retweets, websites, and social networking websites, about an individual or business that can be proven to be false and/or it was published or posted with the intent of harming that entity’s reputation then it is considered to be defamation. In such cases, we reserve the right to take any and all action necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request or to protect the rights, property or safety of Stem Digital, its users, its stakeholders, its employees, and the public. Such actions may include legal action or legal remedy and may or may not include damages and punitive costs.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these Community Guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
Effective: January 1, 2015