Censorship Issues with PayPal, Ebay Are Hotly Addressed

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censorship debate about paypal heats up

The interesting censorship question raised by PayPal’s recent activities is being covered now by several news outlets as well as gaining attention from organizations concerned with fifth amendment rights.

Right now, the NCAC and ABFFE are hot on Ebay’s tail. (PayPal’s parent company). In the interest of saving time and getting information to our readers quickly, I am going to quote an article in its entirety with full attribution to the author. This is from eBook Newser via Media Bistro. (author Dianna Dilworth)

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is standing up to PayPal, who has recently been cutting off payments to digital booksellers that sell eBooks that include rape, incest and bestiality.  Last month, digital publishing site Smashwords updated its policy, requiring certain restrictions to erotica content published on its site, because of pressure from PayPal.

Comparing PayPal’s policy to the other censorship movements such as the Catholic Church’s Index of Prohibited Books and the film industry’s Hays code, ABFFE and NCAC wrote in a letter to eBay (PayPal’s parent company): “The commitment to free speech is firmly embedded in our society, legally and culturally. Those who find sexual (or any other kind of) content disturbingor immoral don’t have to buy it, but it is widely accepted that they have no right to impose their views on others, or to expect society at large to adopt their perspective.”

The letter points out that PayPal’s new policy would censor some famous works of literature. It continues: “Incest, rape and bestiality have been depicted in world literature since Sophocles’Oedipus and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. While PayPal may claim that its policy would only apply to low-value erotica,many great and even iconic works of literature were widely reviled as low-value filth when first published. Books like Ulysses and Lady Chatterley’s Lover were banned as ‘obscene’ in theUnited States because of their sexual content.”

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