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Today I’m blogging about censorship. PayPal has a new stance when it comes to the contents of an e-book. The credit card companies have become indignant about e-books’ containing what they call porn and want the said material removed. As you know, some publishers use Paypal services to pay their authors royalties. Since the credit card companies are working closely with Paypal, they are calling the shots in what material an e-book can contain.
Several publishers are asking their authors’ to check their blurbs and excerpts in case they contain any objectionable words. The idea behind this is if the publishers are randomly checked, there won’t be any banned words in either a blurb, or excerpt. If an author finds any of these words, they report to the publisher and the publisher places asterisks in their place.
I’m wondering after all these years why the credit card companies are pressuring Paypal to screen publishers about their contents placed up for sale.
We all know the written language in the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment states Freedom of Speech to all individuals. Our forefathers established the First Amendment so that you and I could express our views without having someone judge us. Now, it seems that First Amendment Right could disappear.
If anyone interested in buying a book should take a look at the ratings first and decide if it is for them. Most books contain ratings of Adult, PG, R and Mainstream. This tells the person purchasing the book that the contents might not be right for them.
I feel this is an injustice to not only the publisher, but writer, as well. When did different organizations such as Paypal and credit card companies become so narrow-minded in its views? How will this affect sales of e-books? Do you have an opinion on what is happening at PayPal?