Use Restrictions

A Brief Summary

Origits has established a policy to counter the harm that technology can amplify. The products made by Origits are not safe havens for people who wish to commit harm. Restricted purposes include adult content and services, gambling, violence or threats thereof, child exploitation, hate speech, harassment, doxing, malware or spyware, phishing or fraud, spamming, cybersquatting, and infringing on intellectual property. Origits does not tolerate any activities that create, disseminate, or otherwise cause harm. To report abuse, email [email protected] with as much information as possible about the associated website, content or behavior, and how it was found.

Hundreds of thousands of websites may use our software. We take immense pleasure in the assistance we can give site owners to improve their lives. We also recognise that however good the maker’s intentions, technology can amplify the ability to cause great harm. That’s why we’ve established this policy. We feel an ethical obligation to counter such harm: both in terms of dealing with instances where Origits is used (and abused) to further such harm, and to state unequivocally that the products we make at Origits are not safe havens for people who wish to commit such harm. If you have an account with any of our products, you can’t use them for any of the restricted purposes listed below. If we find out you are, we will take action.

Restricted purposes

  • Adult content and services: Pornography or other adult audience content (such as books, photographs, or other media) depicting nudity or explicit sexual activity, adult services such as prostitution, escorts, pay-per-view, sexual massages, or adult live chat features are not permitted at Origits. You are competent enough if you are in this industry to find another solution with fewer stringent restrictions.
  • Gambling: Games of chance, such as betting, online betting, sweepstakes and competitions, fantasy sports leagues with cash or material prizes, sports betting or odds-making with cash or material prizes, lotteries, bid fee auctions, and forex and related, are not permitted at Origits. Simply put, we do not want anything associated with such services at Origits.
  • Violence, or threats thereof: If an activity qualifies as violent crime in the United States or where you live, you may not use Origits products to plan, perpetrate, or threaten that activity.
  • Child exploitation, sexualization, or abuse: We don’t tolerate any activities that create, disseminate, or otherwise cause child abuse. Keep away and stop. Just stop.
  • Hate speech: You cannot use our products to advocate for the extermination, domination, or oppression of people.
  • Harassment: Intimidating or targeting people or groups through repeated communication, including using racial slurs or dehumanizing language, is not welcome at Origits.
  • Doxing: If you are using Origits products to share other peoples’ private personal information for the purposes of harassment, we don’t want anything to do with you.
  • Malware or spyware: Code for good, not evil. If you are using our products to make or distribute anything that qualifies as malware or spyware – including remote user surveillance – begone.
  • Phishing or otherwise attempting fraud: It is not okay to lie about who you are or who you affiliate with to steal from, extort, or otherwise harm others.
  • Spamming: No one wants unsolicited commercial emails. We don’t tolerate folks (including their bots) using Origits products for spamming purposes. If your emails don’t pass muster with CAN-SPAM or any other anti-spam law, it’s not allowed.
  • Cybersquatting: We don’t like username extortionists. If you purchase a Origits product account in someone else’s name and then try to sell that account to them, you are cybersquatting. Cybersquatting accounts are subject to immediate cancellation.
  • Infringing on intellectual property: You can’t use Origits products to make or disseminate work that uses the intellectual property of others beyond the bounds of fair use.

While our use restrictions are comprehensive, they can’t be exhaustive – it’s possible an offense could defy categorization, present for the first time, or illuminate a moral quandary we hadn’t yet considered. That said, we hope the overarching spirit is clear: Origits is not to be harnessed for harm, whether mental, physical, personal or civic. Different points of view – philosophical, religious, and political – are welcome, but ideologies like white nationalism, or hate-fueled movements anchored by oppression, violence, abuse, extermination, or domination of one group over another, will not be accepted here.

How to report abuse

For any cases or suspicions, please let us know by emailing [email protected]‎. If you’re not 100% sure if something rises to the level of our use restrictions policy, report it anyway.

Please share as much as you are comfortable with about the associated website, the content or behavior you are reporting, and how you found it. Sending us a URL or screenshots is super helpful. If you need a secure file transfer, let us know and we will send you a link. We will not disclose your identity to anyone associated with the reported account.

Carefully read, edited, and adapted from the Basecamp open-source policies / CC BY 4.0