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Otola Rules of Engagement, Guidelines, and Standards

Previous Update March 27, 2021

Last Updated June 15, 2021

 

These rules apply to all that visit, or participate as guests, writers, members, commentators, or subscribers.

 

 

Keeping our Incredible Community a Safe Space

We get it. Life and the very strong differing of opinion can really get to a person. While we can appreciate that there are some very impassioned positions or heated respectful discourses, our desire is to keep Otala a safe and sacred space for all that choose to read, write, create or comment. This means that in all of your communications and content, you must adhere to guidelines detailed here in Otola Community Guidelines.  

Otola supports the free and open exchange of thoughts, ideas, and experiences. We consider it an honor to host and facilitate meaningful stories, articles, insights, and conversations from people all around the world and to protect this virtual platform and those that choose to share here.

 

Abuse and Hateful Conduct

You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone or encourage others to do so. This will be considered abusive behavior that attempts to harass, intimidate, or silence the voices that decide to share. Accounts that choose to do so may be permanently suspended.

 

Promoting violence against, threatening, or harassing anyone on the basis of the categories of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, disease, or additional categories that we may extend to be included in these terms. 

 

There is no place on Otola for organizations or individuals that promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people based on race, ethnicity, caste, personal differences, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

Copyright, trademark, defamation, right of publicity, and impersonation 

You agree not to post or upload content that is protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of such copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right. 

You understand and agree that the burden of determining that any content you post or upload that is not protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right, rests with you. You shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity or other proprietary rights or any other harm resulting from such a submission.

 

Otola does not allow the following and will suspend or ban accounts that do so:

  • Defamation (slander/libel) is to make false statements about someone that damages a person’s reputation.

  • The “right of publicity” is using someone else’s name, persona, or image for marketing or advertising purposes without their permission.

  • Impersonation is pretending to be someone you are not. 

 

Exposure of private information

You may not post other people's private information without their express permission, or threaten to do so, or try to get others to do so. In other words, no doxxing. Accounts that do so may be permanently suspended. Private information can include home address or physical location information, including street addresses, GPS coordinates or other identifying information related to locations that are considered private; identity documents, including government-issued IDs and social security or other national identity numbers; photo images of them; contact information, including non-public personal phone numbers or email addresses; financial account information, including bank account and credit card details; and other private information, including biometric data or medical records.

 

Spam

You may not use Otola to spam anyone. Accounts that do so may be permanently suspended. Spam is generally defined as mass unsolicited or aggressive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Otola or the experience of Otola users to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives.  In the event that Otola or any of Otola’s associated divisions or platforms determines, by its sole discretion, that any contributor violates the intellectual property or other rights of others, they shall be barred from submitting or posting any further material on Otola’s platform.

Illegal or certain regulated goods or services

You may not use Otola to promote, trade, or engage in the following:

  • Counterfeit goods and services;

  • Drugs and controlled substances;

  • Human smuggling or trafficking;

  • Products made from endangered or protected species;

  • Sexual services;

  • Gambling, betting or wagering activities;

  • Unauthorized multi-level marketing businesses;

  • Stolen goods; or

  • Weapons, including firearms, ammunition, and explosives, instructions on making weapons (e.g., bombs, 3D printed guns, etc.).

By submitting any User Content (which means anything you submit or transmit to this platform in any form, or through any means) or by participating in an any area within or in connection to Otola, you also agree to abide by the following rules of conduct:

 

You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any content that:

 

  • violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, including any statements which may defame, harass, stalk or threaten others.

 

  • you know to be false, misleading or inaccurate.

 

  • contains blatant expressions of bigotry, racism, racially or ethnically offensive content, hate speech, abusiveness, or vulgarity.

 

  • contains or advocates pornography or sexually explicit content, pedophilia, incest, bestiality, or that is otherwise obscene or lewd.

 

  • violates any law or advocates or provides instruction on dangerous, illegal, or predatory acts, or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them.

 

  • advocates violent behavior.

 

  • poses a reasonable threat to personal or public safety.

 

  • contains violent images of killing or physical abuse that appear to have been captured solely, or principally, for exploitive, prurient, or gratuitous purposes.

 

  • is protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of such copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right. The burden of determining that any User Content is not protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right rests with you. 

 

  • You shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity or other proprietary rights or any other harm resulting from such a submission. Any person determined by Otola, in its sole discretion, to have violated the intellectual property or other rights of others shall be barred from submitting or posting any further material on the Site.

 

  • does not generally pertain to the designated topic or theme of any Interactive Area.

  • contains any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional materials with respect to products or services, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation.

 

  • You agree not to engage in activity that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to a civil liability.

 

  • You agree that if necessary, you have the consent of each and every identifiable natural person in any submission to use such persons name or likeness in the manner contemplated by the Site.

 

  • You agree and understand that your submission(s) is not entitled to compensation by Otola or any katchimedia brand.

 

  • You agree not to impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to Otola or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.

 

  • You agree not to represent or suggest, directly or indirectly, Otola’s endorsement of your content.

 

  • You agree not to interfere with any other user’s right to privacy, including by harvesting or collecting personally-identifiable information about the Site users or posting private information about a third party.

 

  • You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content, software or other materials which contain a virus or other harmful or disruptive component.

 

  • You agree not to interfere with or disrupt the Site or the servers or networks connected to the Site, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Site.

 

  • You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purpose, any portion of the Site, use the Site, or access to the Site.

 

  • You agree not to use any service, technology or automated system to artificially inflate the page views that your User Content receives. This includes pay-per-click services, web “robots” and any other current or future technologies. You also agree not to direct any third party to use these services, technologies or automated systems on your behalf.

  • You agree not to use any technology, service or automated system to post more User Content than an individual could upload in a given period of time. You also agree not to direct any third party to use these services, technologies or automated systems on your behalf.

 

You understand that at any point in time, if Otola determines at Otola’s sole discretion that conduct or content restricts or inhibits anyone else from using or enjoying the Site will not be permitted to retain an account or membership. Otola reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove or edit User Content by you and to terminate Your Account, or posting for any reason.

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