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FetLife's guidelines, privacy policy, legal info, etc.

Posting Content Off-Site

For the protection of our members, we do not allow anyone to take someone else’s content from FetLife and post it off-site without explicit permission.

What is in violation of this guideline?

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Posting other member’s content publicly off-site

What is not in violation of this guideline?

Examples include:

  • Posting your own content off-site
  • Posting other people’s content with explicit permission

How do I report a potential violation of this guideline?

You can report a potential violation of this guideline by:

  1. Visiting the profile of the member who is posting content off-site
  2. Selecting "...", “more”, or “options”, then select “Report”
  3. Selecting "Other Reason"
  4. Selecting "Next"
  5. Include a link to the original content on FetLife and a link to where the person has posted the content off-site
  6. Selecting "Report"

For more information, you can refer to Submitting a Report.

Who can report a potential violation of this guideline?

Anyone who comes across content they believe might fall under this guideline.

What happens if someone violates this guideline?

If we believe the reported content violates this guideline, we lock the account of the member who posted the content off-site.

We then email the member to explain to them why they’re locked out of the account and ask them to remove the content.

Once they remove the infringing content and we confirm that it’s been removed, their account is unlocked, and their timeout starts.

Timeouts for posting another member's content off-site start at one week and double each time to a maximum of four weeks.


Q. Why don’t you just permanently ban the member?

Our primary goal is to get the content taken down. If we ban the member who posted the content off-site they have no incentive to take the content down.

Q. If they refuse to take the content down do we have any other tools at our disposal?

If they do not respond to our email and/or refuse to take down the infringing content, our Legal Department will send a DMCA takedown request on behalf of the member whose content is posted off-site.