Oprah.com House Rules
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No Illegal Activity
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Register One Username
You may not create more than one username. It is confusing to other Members and does not help in building a trustworthy community.
All public postings must be made in English.
Truthful and Accurate Information
Please only post content that is truthful, accurate and not misleading.
It is inappropriate to post content that infringes upon or violates the copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. You must have copyright ownership of all content you post or the necessary rights from the copyright owner to post such content in our Forums. By posting content, you are certifying that you have the permission of everyone who has contributed to or is incorporated in the content. If there are any individuals under the age of 18 in any photos, videos or other content that you post, you certify that you are their parent or legal guardian of any such minor and have the legal right to consent on his or her behalf to incorporate their appearance in the content. You further certify that the content you post does not contain the full name, physical address, email address, telephone number or social security number of any minor.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice
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Post at Your Own Risk
You participate in the Forums at your own risk. Oprah.com takes no responsibility for the content or opinions posted. You take full responsibility for any and all use under your account and username, regardless of whether you've authorized it.
You may not post any links to third party sites, other than to those sites owned and operated by Harpo or OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Post a Message Only Once
Good manners online mean that you don't post the same message more than once.
All Posts Are Subject to Review
Archiving and Read Only Discussions
Oprah.com reserves the right to Archive or make any discussion "Read Only" at any time at its sole and exclusive discretion, including, without limitation, any postings or discussions that are disruptive in nature or are in contravention of any posted policies.
All Video submissions must be no more that four (4) minutes in length.
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