Ovine offers our community of users the ability to connect, share, contribute and participate in a virtual event space. We encourage and support the diversity of activities undertaken across Onvine, from training to presentations, corporate communications and awards ceremonies. However, we also expect our users to adhere to a set of standards that are designed to uphold the safety and security of the community as a whole.
These Guidelines describe in greater detail the standards that apply to acceptable use of Onvine, and we encourage you to refer to them regularly as they evolve. We are continuously monitoring these Guidelines to ensure that they are transparent, principled and applied consistently.
1. How We Enforce
If you identify a violation of these Guidelines, please report it by sending an email to [email protected] titled CONTENT REPORT and containing the URL of the content you wish to report with any additional illustrations of the violation (screen captures etc) attached. We may take action against any user or account at any time to address instances of non-compliance, though be aware that, in certain limited cases, we may grant an exception to enforcement on the basis of a legitimate educational, documentary, scientific or artistic purpose. Enforcement action can include blocking or removing content, issuing warnings, terminating accounts of those involved, or formal legal action, depending on the type and severity of the violation. In determining our enforcement approach, we will also take into account the full context of the conduct or content, including content attributes like tags, metadata and linked materials, as well as the user’s activities beyond Onvine. Any user who attempts to circumvent account termination to regain access to Onvine will attract additional enforcement measures for the protection of our community.
2. Sensitive Content and Conduct
Adult Content and Conduct: We do not allow sexually explicit content and activities, including pornography, fetish material, sexual acts, offers or requests for sexual services, or any other content or conduct where the primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation. We also prohibit sexual violence and exploitation, including the sharing of non-consensual, sexually exploitative images or videos taken of someone without their knowledge or consent (or that appear as such).
Child Exploitation: We have a zero tolerance policy for content or conduct that relates to sexual exploitation or endangerment of children, no matter the form. If child sexual exploitation is identified, we will act expeditiously to report the violation to applicable authorities.
Defamatory Content and Conduct: We do not allow provable false statements of fact about private persons that are harmful to their reputation.
3. Dangerous and Violent Content and Conduct
Bullying and Harassment: We do not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment (including, for example, sexual harassment, unwelcome sexual advances, stalking, intimidation, threats, humiliation or insult).
Discrimination and Hate: We do not allow discrimination, or the promotion or incitement of hatred or violence against individuals or groups, based on race or ethnic origin, genetic features, religion, disability, age, language, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, caste or any other characteristic that is typically associated with systemic marginalization or discrimination. This includes promotion of hate symbols, such as flags and insignias, as well as condoning, denying or trivializing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and similar acts.
Suicide and Self-Harm: We do not allow the promotion or depiction of self-harm, suicide, eating disorders and other acts that may result in serious injury or death; however, we do allow content focused on users sharing their own experiences with these issues in an effort to educate or raise awareness.
Violent Conduct: We do not tolerate behavior that includes acts or threats of violence.
Content Containing Gratuitous Violence, Gore and Cruelty: We do not allow content that includes gratuitous violence or gore, including graphic descriptions or depictions of realistic violence or dangerous acts, sadistic activity, rape, or cruelty in relation to any person or animal.
Terrorism: Onvine is not a place for groups or content encouraging or promoting terrorism or violent extremism, or for those who affiliate themselves with - or seek to recruit for - those groups.
4. Deceptive Content and Conduct
Private Information and Impersonation: We do not allow the sharing - or threatened sharing - of another’s personal information, engaging others to do so, or engaging in activities that violate another’s reasonable expectation of privacy. We also prohibit attempts to impersonate another person or company, including misrepresenting yourself as an employee or agent of EGIL.
Spam and Scams: Behavior that is disruptive, malicious or manipulates the user experience on Onvine is unacceptable. We don’t allow any activity that is intended to drive users to unrelated products, or services, nor do we allow bulk messaging - particularly where commercial or promotional in nature - that is unauthorized, irrelevant or highly repetitive. We do not allow content that willfully misrepresents or otherwise defrauds or exploits others for money or property, such as ponzi schemes, loan advance and debt relief schemes. We also prohibit attempts to interfere with EGIL’s products, systems or the provision of services to our users, whether through manual or automated means.
Misinformation: We do not allow false or misleading content, including misinformation or manipulated content, that may impact the trust and safety of our community. This includes health claims that are not substantiated by a recognized domestic or international health authority like the CDC or WHO, or conspiracy theory content that violates other parts of these Guidelines, such as by promoting hate speech.
5. Legal Compliance
Applicable Laws: You must respect and comply with all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations, and any legal order, when using Onvine, as well as our rules, agreements and policies, both in letter and spirit (similarly, you may not advocate, promote or incite any party to commit or assist any unlawful or criminal act). Even in cases where conduct or content may not be explicitly prohibited by these Guidelines or other EGIL’s agreements, we will take action consistent with the principles we have described in these Guidelines to promote an environment of trust and safety.
Illegal Goods and Services: Onvine must not be used to promote or facilitate trade in illegal products, such as illegal drugs, products made from endangered or protected species, counterfeit goods or services, and weapons.
6. Intellectual Property
IP in Content: When you share or contribute content on Onvine, you must ensure that you have the right to do so. In general terms, the easiest way to avoid issues is to create the content yourself. EGIL respects the intellectual property rights of others, including trademark, copyright and other legal rights, and expects our users to do the same. Users should also be aware that they may use copyrighted works and related materials under exceptions or limitations to copyright, such as fair use in the United States or enumerated exceptions under the laws of the European Union. Be aware that these types of exceptions do not apply to attempts to share content like copies of movies, television shows or songs, which will be considered copyright violations by EGIL
Trademark: We do not allow any attempt to create confusion regarding the source of goods or services in violation of another’s trademark rights. If you wish to report infringement of your trademark on our platform, please contact [email protected]
If you believe that you have identified instances of copyright infringement on Onvine, you or someone you have authorized to act on your behalf may report them to us stating
- The copyrighted works that you believe have been infringed;
- The content you claim is infringing (or the subject of infringing activity) and information that will allow us to locate it;
- Your full name, mailing address, telephone number and, if available, email address and your electronic or physical signature.
Repeat Copyright Infringement: We will terminate accounts of those users who repeatedly infringe the intellectual property rights of others.
Last updated 05/08/2021