We do not have strict rules about what content topics belong on Outernet, but we encourage users to submit content that satisfies one of the following principles. That said, we also enjoy funny cat videos.
A work that enables a user to be a more informed participant in society or aids in moving them towards a higher plane of knowledge or skill.
A work should be true and support the right of the public to truth.
A work should allow a user to have greater understanding of the institutions that affect their daily life.
A work that gives a user an enhanced ability to manipulate the course of their life towards their intended goal.
Health and Safety
A work that provides the information to lead a healthier, safer, and ultimately more enjoyable life.
Quality of Life
A work that either directly or indirectly provides a means for a user to improve their quality of life.
Here are some examples of content you may want to consider, to get your ideas flowing:
- Illustrated health guides in different languages.
- eBooks in html (see Rights to Content below).
- Photos of sights from around the world.
- Educational guides, like the Periodic Table of Elements or a guide to the Solar System.
RIGHTS to Content
Copyright And Permission
Possession of a digital file, regardless of how it was obtained, does not give one the right to share and distribute it. Every work has a copyright holder, who has the right to dictate how their work can be used and shared.
Unless you created the content you are uploading to the Outernet filecast, you must make sure the content is openly licensed for sharing. This includes works that are in the Public Domain or have share-alike licenses, like Creative Commons. Examples of permitted content include:
- Public Domain works either never qualified for intellectual property rights, or their copyright has expired (for example, a Mark Twain novel).
- Creative Commons offers licenses that allow creators and authors to communicate what rights they reserve and which rights they waive, enabling distribution of a copyrighted work. Read more about the different licenses here.
- Note: Outernet qualifies as Non-Commercial use. Outernet has determined that inclusion of work in the Outernet filecast is classified as non-commercial (NC). Creative Commons has created a useful guide on what constitutes NC use, which you can see here.
- MIT License and GNU License are examples of free software licenses.
Where To Find Permission?
Our moderators verify all content for copyright and license, which takes time. We understand it is easy to make a mistake, but users who repeatedly submit blatantly copyrighted material (movies or in-copyright books, for example), will be banned from submitting content.
License Terms and How Content is Used
Currently, we do not require users to indicate the license of uploaded content. In the future, when we filecast a piece of content, we will include that content's license along with that content. It is then up to the user to use the content in accordance with the terms of the license. Outernet does not maintain a central server whereby Outernet users access content that Outernet has filecast. Instead, we send the content in a digital analog to dropping a USB drive filled with content from space. Once a user has the content, it is stored locally and there is no further interaction with Outernet in accessing the content or using the content.
Outernet is a strong believer in no censorship and free speech, but as a society we have generally agreed that free speech has limits. If your content is not appropriate for a public library, then it probably is not appropriate for Outernet.
Sharing an individual's private and confidential information.
Material that is meant to incite harm against an individual or group or individuals.
Spam. Enough said.
Anything that harasses, bullies, or abuses an individual or group of individuals - this behavior has a chilling effect on that individual or group's freedom to speak.
Sexual content featuring minors.
In the interest of propagating Outernet's educational potential in jurisdictions around the world with varying levels of conservative legal doctrine, pornography, content promoting drug use, and other adult content is not allowed on Outernet at this time. When it comes to this type of content or any content that can be very offensive to some people, the values of free speech and decency come into conflict with one another.