Foundation/Program/Net Effects/FAQ

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What is the Net Effects program?

A. Net Effects is an experimental program designed to encourage millions of people to share their thoughts about how the Net has changed their life. It is a part of the work that Mozilla is doing to help make openness, participation and distributed decision-making common experiences in Internet life. To learn more about the Mozilla mission, please read the Mozilla Manifesto.

What are the goals of the program?

We hope that the program will have these concrete results:

  1. A large, diverse and global community who understands, embraces and creatively shares the Mozilla values.
  2. An indexed library of hundreds-of-thousands of compelling videos statements in hundreds of different languages from thousands of people all around the world.
  3. A better connection between Mozilla and the broad public of Net users.
  4. Hundreds of works based on the videos - from cool mashups and public service announcements to research and art.

How do I get started?

A. Watch our sample videos and then read the Participation Guide.

How does the program work?

A. People create videos according to the Participation Guide. Then, the Net Worth community reviews the videos. If they match the requirements in the Participation Guide, then we put them in the Net Worth Video Index (which won't be started until our first set of public tests is complete.)

What ways can I participate?

A. Currently, you can comment on the program and create sample videos. If you are interested, apply to join our Net Effects mailing list (or just read what is discussed on the list.)

As the program matures, you will be able to:

  • Read text of the statements
  • Watch video statements
  • Make video statements
  • Subtitle video statements
  • Make mashups with the video statements
  • Become a reviewer
  • Translate the text of the video statements
  • Convert videos into free/open video formats

Video Content, Length and Style

How long should a video be?

A. Videos should be from 3 to 12 seconds long - just the amount of time it takes to give a concise answer the question of, "What is one way that the Net has changed your life?"

Can you give me examples of good statements for a video?

A. Sure! Any of these single statements might be good for a video:

  • I've made friends all around the world.
  • I've been able to practice my Cantonese with Chinese friends in China.
  • I spend too much time at my computer.
  • I work from home.
  • I've skipped 1000 hours of commuting.

Can you give me examples of poor statements for a video?

A. Sure. Here are a few examples of videos we won't index:

  • I've been able to make 1000 dollars a day with Pyramid Scheme X (Commercial promotion)
  • I like that the Internet lets me talk to people around the world and throw away less stuff by giving it away on Craigslist and wikipedia ... (More than one topic - this could be three statements.)
  • I think that the Net is the revolution that we have all been waiting for. (Doesn't really answer the question of, "What is one way that the Net has changed your life?")

How many videos can/should I make?

A. As many as you like. :)

Why don't you want videos with more than on statement or answer?

A. Short videos that only have on simple statement are very easy to create, work with, study and re-use.

Do I have to speak English in my video?

A. No. We encourage you to use any language that you speak, write or sign fluently!

Do the videos need to be about me?

A. Not quite. Each video must be about the person it features.

Can I do a video with someone else?

A. That would be great! Just follow the other rules.

Can I promote a commercial interest or my blog in my video?

A. We won't index videos that are overly commercial or promotional in nature.

Participating in the Program

How do I participate?

A. Follow the instructions in the Participation Guide.

Why should I participate?

A. People have many reasons for participating. The most common reasons are that they want to:

  • share their story
  • ensure that their language, country or culture is represented
  • do something structured and concrete to experience and share the Mozilla values
  • entertain and engage others
  • gain some personal visibility
  • participate in something with others in their community

How are videos selected?

See question How Does the Program Work? above.

What do I win?

A. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. However, we will be giving away 100 Mozilla 10 year anniversary T-shirts. If you are one of the first 1000 people to have a video indexed, you'll have a 1 in 10 chance of winning a shirt.

Can I record other people?

A. Yes. However, they will need to be able to follow all of the conditions of the program for the video to be accepted.

Why do you want contact info for the videos?

A. So that we can contact you do discuss an issue with your video, so that we can respect requests from video creators to remove videos and so that we can contact T-shirt winners.

Why do you want biographical information for the videos?

A. The video statements don't have a lot of meaning without some background information. Knowing where you are from, what you do, roughly how old you are and so on makes is easier to understand and use the videos.

How can I have my video be removed from the index?

A. Just write to us from the email address that you provided with the video (or, in emergency cases, send a video'd statement with your request.)

Technical Questions

How do I ...?

A. Coming soon.

Licensing and Use

What do you mean by "share" my video?

A. By share, we mean this:

What is a license?

A. A license is a grant of permission to do something that would usually be forbidden (often with some conditions. In this case, the owner of a video uses the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license to let other people share and adapt the video under certain conditions. Read the license deed for a friendly and simple explanation. Read the Creative Commons' FAQ for additional details.

What license do I need to put my video under?

A. The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license

Can I include other people's work in my video (like pictures, videos, etc.)?

A. Yes, but the use must either be fair use or the work must be under a license that is compatible with the

Who owns my video(s)?

A. You do.

What can I do with videos in the program?

A. From

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Can I sell collections of the videos?

A. Yes.