COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

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Here are some helpful guidelines to help you use the site and get the most out of your Channel Independent experience:

  • Channel Independent (Ci) is a platform for film makers, musicians, artists and people of all types to share amazing content and ideas to make our world a bit more fun, interesting, informative and entertaining.  Above all, have fun with the site and stay safe!
  • Ci is not for pornography or sexually explicit content.  Please don't post anything like this on Ci.  Also note that Ci works with law enforcement and we report child exploitation.  Please stay safe and respectful on Ci.
  • Don't post videos showing bad stuff like but not limited to animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb making.
  • Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don't post it.
  • Ci is not a shock site. Don't post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust.
  • 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 necessary authorizations.
  • 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) or speech meant to incite people to violence.
  • 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 Use are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from Ci.
  • 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.

Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don't try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around the guidelines—just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.

We Enforce These Guidelines
Ci staff review 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.

Ci is for the Whole Community
Remember that this is your community! Always try and post THOUGHTFULLY.  Whether it's a video, description, comments, funny or serious - please post thoughtfully and make it great!

  • Have fun with the site. There are so many amazing artists and just regular people doing amazing stuff, take your time and enjoy all that we all have to offer.
  • Let people know what you think with comments and feedback.  This is how we all get better.
  • You may not like everything you see. Some of the content here may offend you—if you find that it violates our Terms of Use, then click the button that says "Flag" under the video you're watching to submit it for review by Ci staff. If it doesn't, then consider just clicking on something else—why waste time watching videos you don't like?

That's it! Thanks for reading!
—The Ci Team