E-commerce service PayPal has started a campaign to stop independent e-book publishers from including certain kinds of erotic content in their catalogs, should they be using PayPal to conduct business.
On Saturday February 18, PayPal began threatening to deactivate the accounts of indie book publishers and distributors, if they did not remove books containing certain sexual material – including themes and implied scenarios of: incest, pseudo-incest (including "daddy" fantasies, step-family), fantasies about non-consensual sex or rape, bestiality (widened to include non-human fantasy creatures), and BDSM.
The ban on "non-human fantasy creatures" has prompted some internet commentators to wonder where this leaves publishers of furry erotica, with Bernard Doove's chakats given as an example of what is banned under the new rules.
Artists looking to cut transaction costs might consider PayPal's new micropayments.
Fees are 5% + $0.05, compared to 2.9% + $0.30 for a normal Premier/Business account.
The difference on ten $5 transactions would be $1.50 – enough for a McDouble with tax.
The break-even point is $12, which costs 65¢ in both systems. Those wishing for the best of both worlds should create a new micropayments account, and direct larger and cross-border transactions to their existing account.
The new system is reportedly being adopted by Facebook, Justin.tv and Ustream.