Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Terms of Service BS

"You uploaded a photo that violates our Terms of Use, and this photo has been removed. Facebook does not allow photos that attack an individual or group, or that contain nudity, drug use, violence, or other violations of the Terms of Use. These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users, including the many children who use the site."

Since being on the Internet, I've always had to be concerned where I can post my artwork. As most people that know my art have seen, my work is not pornographic, violent or in any way, shape or form inflicts harm on anyone regardless of age, race or culture. In fact, my work couldn't be any less offensive than it already is...

Upon signing Terms of Service agreements (via Facebook, MySpace, etc.), I believe I adhere to those rules listed above...all except the mere term nudity. Nudity does certainly have a sensual and sexual connotation, but in the fine art world, it is accepted, expected and legitimized. However, nudity in fine art is also a symbol of vulnerability, confrontation of personal issues and other psychological enigmas. To take it a further step, as some see a nude photograph as exploitation of the subject, if I am showing myself nude, then who is being exploited?

And what about nudity in painting, sculpture or mixed media? Are those pieces absolved from the Terms of Service?

I strongly believe that as we approach the year 2011, nudity in art should be made an exception on public sites as long as there are the above rules applied - no harm is being done to anyone, period. The only thing I can find a problem is if the nude in question is a model, not the artist, where a model release would be required that allows the artist to publish the piece.

As gray as this subject may appear to those in charge of so quickly plastering the Terms of Service tag on the least threatening, it is more black and white than made out to be.

In other words, leave my naked body alone and go after the real criminals that are hurting children and those that need saving.

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