Acceptable Use Policy
Submission Content Rules
SoFurry.com is a "furry" website, as such any submission is expected to have a furry context. Submissions shall be about furries and not only from furries. It is not a website about what people who happen to be furries do as general hobbies, or human pictures of themselves. However, journals and music are excluded from having to be furry, since music can be perceived in many ways and the purpose of journals does not go well with such limitations. Also, please keep in mind that the term "furry" is used throughout the document out of reasons of convenience and consistency and is interchangeable with "scaly", "anthropomorphic" and related synonyms.
Besides a proper title and description, the adding of tags is required. We encourage you to choose from predefined tags being provided to you during input. Nevertheless you are free to provide new tags. Keep in mind, that the purpose of tags is to improve findability, therefore it is in your very own interest to choose tags carefully.
We reserve the right to reject any submissions should we deem it in violation of our content rules. We may also re-tag your submission to better fit into our content categorization system. Please note that repeated, unrelenting attempts to submit rejected content may lead to account termination. It is self-evident that the upload of law-violating content is forbidden. We reserve the right to reject submissions based on quality or other concerns.
Artwork submissions require a furry context. Photos or drawings of humans, objects or animals alone do not qualify as furry. A car with furry tribals, humans in fursuits and - of course - anthropomorphic animals qualify as furry. Even photos of animals in a clever pose can be seen as furry. We cannot and do not want to give an example of everything that can be seen as furry or not furry.
Should you wish to add illustrations to your stories or cover art to your music, you may do so by uploading them to your gallery. When your illustrations are not furry related on their own, please give a corresponding statement in the illustration's description, telling us to what story or song it belongs to. Otherwise your illustrations might get deleted for lacking furry context.
Borderline submissions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to upload images in high quality and high resolution.
Like artwork, stories require a furry context. Human only stories do not qualify as furry, but criteria for furry story writing are less strict than with artwork. They can be met when an animal shows human-like traits, like the ability to talk and think. Readability is important for your story to be enjoyable. Therefore you should pay attention to a well formed structure and correct spelling.
Submissions of this kind do not require a furry context. Please abstain from submitting voice-only recordings. This content section is about music and not statements of opinions.
Journals are your place to keep us up to date, therefore journal-content is not limited to furry-related content matter. You can even provide short non-furry stories in your journals, if you want to. Journals are not the place for insults or drama. Formatting and spelling might not be as as important as for story submissions but still you are encouraged to keep a reasonable level of quality.
All content on sofurry.com must be properly flagged according to its content level:
CLEAN: The picture or story is of non-adult nature, or contains only decent nudity. Without going into the age-rating crap so prevalent these days, let's just say "worksafe", or "I would show this to my semi-conservative parents".
ADULT: The picture or story contains depictions of sexual acts or other adult subject matter. This amounts to "NSFW" or "my parents would disown me if I showed them"
EXTREME: The picture or story contains extreme fetishes that go beyond regular clean sex or show potentially offensive stuff. This includes, but is not limited to: scat, watersports, snuff, castration, cub, etc.
Appeal of Moderator Decisions
Moderator decisions can be appealed, the final decision is for the site owner to make.
By submitting content to sofurry.com you grant us the right to redistribute said work on our website (duh...) while retaining all other rights yourself. This also means that you cannot upload content for which you can't grant such a license, for example if said content was not created by or for you. Uploading "something I found on the web" will lead to your account being terminated. In short: Don't upload other people's art unless you have their expressed permission to do so, or their license (copyleft, etc.) gives you that permission!
SoFurry.com does not enforce a particular content license upon its users. Authors and artists are free to choose any license and express that in their submission. Due to incidents in the past we feel it necessary to remind authors to choose their license with care. There are licenses that you cannot revoke (for example, copyleft) and we do allow users to upload other people's works if the accompanying license allows it. When in doubt, don't put your work under a special license, instead let normal copyright do its work.
Age Restrictions, Underage Users
This service is offered as-is. We reserve the right to remove any user from areas we believe he/she may be too young to access. However, we refuse to accept responsibility for bringing up other people's children. If your child comes to this website without your supervision then it's your job to stop that. It is well within your power to do that, and if you feel that this is not so then please seek professional advice on how to fulfil your parental duties. SoFurry supports ICRA tags, so any decent parental control software should work.
Your freedom to swing your fist ends at the tip of another's nose. In other words: You're free to express your opinions, especially in journals, but allegations, accusations and slander are not allowed.
We believe in open access and the benefits of direct links. Hence, sofurry encourages deep-linking and hot-linking, as long as it is not abused (for example by other sites to reduce their own traffic costs at our expense) or endangers site operation.
We at SoFurry.com do not exercise ownership over content submitted by users and we believe it is in everyones best interest to be as open and cooperative with other sites as possible. That's why SoFurry.com is actively seeking cooperation with other sites, for example to enable users to share data they've uploaded on one site with another, to facilitate single-sign-on via OAuth, or syndicate content via RSS. We grant other websites permission to use data from our site in an automated fashion, as long as user's copyrights are not violated and our facilities are not unnecessarily stressed. If in doubt, just contact Toumal before putting your data-sharing project online.
API Usage Terms
The SoFurry API gives users and application developers access to site functionality and content in a machine-readable manner, for example for mobile devices or stand-alone applications. All terms and conditions above apply. We reserve the right to revoke access to individual applications and/or users should they endanger site operations. If in doubt, contact Toumal before going online with your application.