Although I currently don’t publish my erotica at Smashwords, there are some that might find this news interesting.

Paypal is requiring Smashwords to remove any erotica that contains bestiality, rape, or incest. I know that the first category is still a bit taboo, the second less so (especially in BDSM), and the third being quite common.

Here is the email that is floating around…

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Today we are modifying our Terms of Service to clarify our policies regardingerotic fiction that contains bestiality, rape and incest. If you write in any of these categories, please carefully read the instructions below and remove such content from Smashwords. If you don’t write in these categories, you can disregard this message. PayPal is requiring Smashwords to immediately begin removing the above-mentioned categories of books. Please review your title(s) and proactively remove and archive such works if you are affected. I apologize for the short notice, and I’m especially sorry for any financial or emotional hardship this may cause the authors and publishers affected by this change. As you may have heard, in the last couple weeks PayPal began aggressively enforcing a prohibition against online retailers selling certain types of “obscene” content.

On Saturday, February 18, PayPal’s enforcement division contacted Smashwords with an ultimatum. As with the other ebook retailers affected by this enforcement, PayPal gave us only a few days to achieve compliance otherwise they threatened to deactivate our PayPal services. I’ve had multiple conversations with PayPal over the last several days to better understand their requirements. Their team has been helpful, forthcoming and supportive of the Smashwords mission. I appreciate their willingness to engage in dialogue. Although they have tried their best to delineate their policies, gray areas remain.

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I know Paypal has been anti-adult for a long time, since the majority of the adult webmasters I work for can’t use the system. Looks like they’ve caught up with the ebook market now as well. Well, it looks like this type of erotica will be moving back to Amazon.

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