OPEN ART COLLECTION COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
WHAT TO DO
Do play nice
We're a big and diverse community of many different types of people. Our members may not think what you think, believe what you believe or see what you see, but they all have the right to feel comfortable. So please be polite and respectful in your contact and interactions with other members.
Do upload content that you created or is in your collection
Sharing your work is a major part of our community. But please respect the copyright of others. This means: don't steal images of works of art that other people have shared — and then pass them off as your own. (That's what our Virtual Museums are for — subject to approval).
Do link back to the Open Art Collection when you post your Open Art Collection content elsewhere
The Open Art Collection allows its own hosted content to be posted on external websites. But outside websites that display Open Art Collection hosted content must provide a link from each image to its Open Art Collection page.
Do enjoy the Open Art Collection
Get the most out of the Open Art Collection. See the world through the eyes of others. Participate, share, find your muse and broaden your horizons.
WHAT NOT TO DO
So here's the deal... In most circumstances we are willing to give second chances, so we'll send you a warning if you overstep any of the lines listed below. But be aware that subsequent violations may result in your account being terminated without warning.
Don't upload anything to your Collection that isn't yours. Use the Virtual Museum for works you did not create or own.
This includes other people's work of art and/or stuff you've gathered from around the internet. Accounts that mainly consist of such Collections may be terminated at any point.
Don't forget the children
Please filter your content responsibly. Use this guide as a rule of thumb: if you would hesitate to show your artwork to a child or your own mother, then it will need to be filtered accordingly. So remember to ask yourself that question as you upload your content. If you don't moderate it accordingly, it is likely that one of two things will happen: your account will be reviewed then either moderated or terminated by Open Art Collection staff.
Don't show nudity in your profile icon
Only content that is considered "safe" is appropriate for your profile icon. If we find that you've uploaded an icon that contains "moderate" or "restricted" content, we'll remove it, moderate your account as "restricted" and send you a warning. If we find you doing it again, we'll terminate your account.
Don't upload content that is illegal or prohibited
If we suspect you of uploading illegal content, your account will be deleted and we will take appropriate action. This may include reporting you to the authorities.
Don't vent your frustrations, rant, or bore other members to death!
The Open Art Collection is not a platform to harass, abuse, impersonate, or intimidate others. If we receive a valid complaint about your conduct, we'll send you a warning or terminate your account.
Don't be creepy
You know the guy. Don't be that guy.
Don't use your account to host web graphics like logos and banners
Your account will be terminated if we find you using it to host graphic elements of webpage designs, icons, smilies, buddy icons, forum avatars, badges, and other non-artwork elements on external websites.
Here are some other things to keep in mind:
Other People (their content, their behavior)
You will see all sorts of things on the Open Art Collection, some of which may offend you. If you are offended by a work of art, you can either click away, or you can mark it as poorly moderated by clicking on the "Flag this work of art" link in the left side navigation. If you think there is immediate cause for concern, you can report content and/or someone's behavior to Open Art Collection staff via the "Report Abuse" link that is available in the footer of every page.
If you see your works of art in another member's Collection or Virtual Museum, please don't panic or do anything rash. This is probably just a simple misunderstanding. A good first step would be to contact the member and politely ask him/her to remove it. If that doesn't do the trick, please file a Report Abuse Report with the Open Art Collection Copyright Team, who will take it from there. You may be tempted to post an entry on your profile screen or in our public groups about what's happening. But that is not the most sensible way to resolve a possible copyright issue. We don't encourage the singling out of individuals like this on the Open Art Collection.
We have drawn up these guidelines to make sure everyone within our community has an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It is crucial that you understand the importance of moderating your content responsibly. If you don't feel that you can abide by our Community Guidelines as outlined above, maybe the Open Art Collection is not for you. If you have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to drop us a line through Help by Email.
—The Open Art Collection