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Our groups, forums, chats, and blogs are governed by the community standards outlined in this page.
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If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide LensEthics.org’s editor with the information specified below in writing.
The procedure outlined below is only for notifying Lens Ethics that your copyrighted material has been infringed.
- An electronic or physical signature of the artist or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright.
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
- A description of where the material that you claim is infringing, is located on our website, such as the link to said work;
- Your name, address (complete address,city, state, zip, country), telephone number, and e-mail address;
- A statement by you that you believe that the disputed use of said content is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Contact the LensEthics.org editor for notice of claims of copyright infringement on it’s website at:
P.O. Box 1110
New York, NY 10028
phone: (646) 944-2928
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Public Forums, Groups, Chats, Blogs and Message Boards
If you elect to post materials to any blogs, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to our users, please remember that any information disclosed in these areas becomes public and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Also, you are solely responsible for all content—including text, images, graphics, audio, video, or other materials—that you post. You agree and warrant that your posts will be true and accurate, will not defame any person or invade any person’s privacy, and will not infringe the proprietary rights of any person. We take copyright infringement very seriously. Any articles, news reports, or other copyrighted material included in the posts must be with the permission of the relevant copyright owners.
Be aware that visitors to the site may make comments about your post that may be unflattering or derogatory. Our boards are meant for discussions, not for commercial solicitation, instant messaging, or advertising purposes, and posts of that nature may be deleted.
Lens Ethics cannot monitor all posts and is not responsible for the content of the posts. Lens Ethics reserves the right to delete or edit any material in any post that is obscene, harassing, offensive, or otherwise objectionable and not in keeping with Lens Ethics’ standards.
Lens Ethics does not permit offensive or hate speech. In our communities it is only natural to challenge certain ideas, works of art, exhibitions, institutions, events, and artistic practices in general. However, keep in mind that it is a serious violation of our policy to attack a person or persons based on sex, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Be respectful of others’ opinions. A difference of opinion can be expressed without resorting to attacks.
Safety is Lens Ethics’s top priority. You may not threaten to harm others, or organize acts of real-world violence. Threats and harassment will not be tolerated. Content that might be construed as such may be deleted. Suggesting or encouraging any illegal activity is cause for immediate deletion and suspension of posting privileges and user registration. We encourage networking, however, repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted messages is a form of harassment and will not be tolerated, doing so can result in the deletion of your account and any content attributed to your account and user name.
People use Lens Ethics to share events through photos and videos. We understand that graphic imagery is a regular component of current events, but must balance the needs of a diverse community. Sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited.
Nudity and Pornography
Lens Ethics has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic material and imposes strict limitations on this type of content. However, we respect an artist’s right to share content of an artistic nature, such as photos of a sculpture, painting, drawing that depicts the nude figure like Picasso’s Blue Nude as an example.
Please keep in mind that by submitting a report, this does not guarantee that the content you are reporting will be removed from the website.
We have a very diverse community, and we see cultural diversity as a strength. If you find that a particular work is disturbing, you should use your own judgement and simply not view the work.
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. Don’t spam or post chain letters, pyramid schemes, junk mail, or any unsolicited or unauthorized promotional material.
This policy was last updated on July 1, 2016.