Porn makers challenge of crowdfunding ban

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Dozens of adults, the content creators have signed an open letter to Patreon difficult restrictions it has placed on the creation of the pornography.

The crowdfunding service has updated its rules last week to explicitly ban the sale of pornographic content and the provision of sexual services.

He said at the time that it was the clarification of an existing policy.

But the company has been accused of betraying some of its members who report that their activity is not illegal.

“We know that the people who would be homeless if it wasn’t for porn on Patreon – and this is not a small number,” the letter states.

“Your position fuzzy on” adult content “compared to the’ porn’ gives you the freedom to discriminate.

“And it makes the content creators to live in fear of discrimination, itself leading to the self-censorship of points of view are important.”

Patreon the chief executive has said that it intends to issue a “response” later on Wednesday.

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‘Fringe’ content

Unlike most crowdfunding platforms – which focus on the delivery of a unique product or experience – Patreon, offers its members a way to charge a monthly subscription fee for a continuous service, from which he takes a cut.

In many cases, this involves the delivery of podcasts, music, training videos and artistic performances.

But on 17 October, the site’s legal chief said that he had concerns that “a small number of creators who have been involved in the creation of what he calls the fringe of adult content.

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As a result, the San Francisco business community guidelines have been amended to clarify: “You can’t use Patreon to raise funds in order to produce pornographic materials such as maintaining a web site, the financing of the production of films, or provide a private webcam session.”

Before this, the text is less detailed, stating instead that “Patreon is not for pornography, but some of the most beautiful in the world and the historical importance of the art depicts nudity and sexual expression”. He added that “evoking the image” was allowed only if marked NSFW (not safe for work).Billion dollar business

Although Patreon has stated that there has not been a major policy shift, the letter refers to a blogger who claims there really was a “substantial change after a long period of stasis”.

“Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry mainly in the hands of the wealthy, men,” the letter adds.

“You have been of help us hold it in our hands. We ask you to take a position on behalf of sex workers who use your platform, their fans, and all those who support freedom of expression.”

One academic said that Patreon might want to avoid the risk of being associated with “exploitation”, but that censorship is at its own risk.

“There are a lot of amateur work on Patreon, which blurs the line, including the people who draw erotic images that are likely to be affected by this,” said Dr Bernie Hogan of the Oxford University Internet Institute.

“And, for some people, the idea that there is a strong distinction between porn that is bad and the other expression that is good is not as valid as it used to be.

“But it is logical that [Patreon] would try to get more conservative as he tries on a large scale. And I imagine that there was a particular use case… that has been bad for it.”