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    About posting adult work on personal sites

    Hey guys, so I was wondering if anyone knew if there was anything you must do when posting adult work online.
    when I say must be done, I mean like a general type of law or something

    Quite obviously I would place a disclaimer that tells you the work is for people 18+ but I am wondering if something else needs to be done.
    Basically I was looking to have a more adult themed gallery placed on my website and possibly display some of the artwork in my blog. While non of it is currently hard core porn or anything it would still be deserving of the rating.
    Such as strip tease and erotica.

    If too much needs to be done I will probably link offsite but I would like to be able to have an adult gallery on my own website.

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    Moved to Art General, more appropriate here.

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    Premium User QT Melon's Avatar

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    This isn't a portfolio site, is it? Because you may want to consider hosting in a way that is separated from getting noticed for work...unless that work is really geared for adult work?

    If it is your own domain you may want to privatize certain personal information for a whois so you don't get the wrong kind of people looking at your work and business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rory View Post
    Moved to Art General, more appropriate here.
    Hmm ok, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by QT Melon View Post
    This isn't a portfolio site, is it? Because you may want to consider hosting in a way that is separated from getting noticed for work...unless that work is really geared for adult work?

    If it is your own domain you may want to privatize certain personal information for a whois so you don't get the wrong kind of people looking at your work and business.

    One could consider it a portfolio website as it contains my art galleries and all my commission info. I try to update it frequently, except the blog, I hate blogging...

    and Yes, this is my own domain name, all my Who is info is protected by netfirms privacy policy which I pay for. I definitely don't need people contacting me irl for idk what reason. It was one of the first things that I did!

    Currently each type of artwork is separated , digital and traditional with sub categories for animals, people, anthro, scenery etc.
    I was thinking of adding an adult/mature gallery for, that kind of artwork.
    It's not that I am trying to avoid doing adult artwork or that I want people to hire me for that only. I've been drawing it for a long time but because of only having a DA account I never posted any. I would like to post it simply to expand my galleries and what I do. I have some work that I feel would make a great print. There is also the fact that a few people have asked but I have nothing to show without E-mailing to them personally or referring to another website FA, weasyl etc. (currently none really posted on here, since most of the stuff is older)
    I could purchase another domain but I feel it somewhat unnecessary but not out of the question just yet.

    Do you think I would actually be better off having my adult gallery separate from my main site? Such as a sub-domain where everything is 18+ and is divided into galleries similar to my main gallery divisions?

    That was my next idea, though in doing so I still am trying to find what needs to be done to make sure its all legal etc etc...
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    Premium User QT Melon's Avatar

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    If you eventually want to do this as a living I believe it is best to separate that work. You want to specialize your portfolio and if you're really good adult work doesn't matter in the long run I believe Marko had work like that early on and Frank Frazetta was doing adult comics. But it seems they distanced themselves from it.

    On the other hand Emily Warren has adult work for the comic known as Teahouse, but looking at her portfolio she focuses on general works and it's her store that indicates her link with Teahouse.

    Also for adult works, just making sure the definition is understood. For the most part most companies don't care if you have a lot of figure drawings, some bouts of nudity. However if you have a lot of work that's doing a lot of sexual depictions then yes you may want to put a warning page in front of it.

    I'd say that getting another domain or blogger for it may work.

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    Well I doubt that it is something that I would do for a living and probably wont have anythings like a comic of even a lot of hard core porn, maybe 1 or 2 but not much at all.

    I am more concerned with posting strip tease and erotica drawings clothed or unclothed in an area where children could find it. Like, I would not want to find such a thing mixed with my pokemon fan arts as you would do on weasyl

    Perhaps for now I will open a new subdomain as I only have a limited amount of art I want to post (3-5 pictures all very general and no nudity) and think about getting another domain later on.

    Thank you QT for your advice on this topic as trying to search it on google is somewhat difficult and I end up finding a lot of unrelated info.

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    A disclaimer, or warnings should suffice. Secondly- it's best to separate content that is sexually explicit from the rest. Especially if you produce stuff that attracts the attention of minors or children.

    Suggestive subject matter, or content that isn't obscene won't be a problem, so there's no need to host it on a separate site. I would still suggest a disclaimer or warnings, before you allow anyone to view or access content that is NSFW.

    There's not much to worry about, so long as your intentions are good.
    I also had some time to dig up a few things that may interest you...

    Quote Originally Posted by
    The U.S. Supreme Court has decided the fate of the Communications Decency Act7
    (a portion of the 1996 Telecommunications Act) by overturning certain sections. However, the Court left intact the portions dealing with "obscene" content.

    Content providers should take steps to avoid providing such material to minors. One way to do this is to have a warning page where viewers must click on a statement certifying that they are over the age of 18 or 21 and will not hold the site responsible for violation of community standards.9 No court has yet decided whether this type of warning is sufficient.

    9 The following is an example of such language:

    This Website contains images of a mature nature including full and partial nudity. If you are below the age of 18 or easily offended, then please leave.

    By clicking on any link below, you are agreeing to the following:

    I certify that I am of legal age in the jurisdiction from which I am accessing this page, or any pages, containing adult material. I indemnify the publisher, the service provider and the telecommunications companies from any losses, liability, costs and/or expenses incurred by them and any legal action commenced against them or any of them as a result of the viewing or the retrieving of such materials by me in the event that the material is contrary to the laws of the location from which I am accessing the material. I acknowledge all responsibility for viewing the material that follows.


    Title 47 U.S.C. 231.
    Restriction of access by minors to materials commercially distributed by means of World Wide Web that are harmful to minors

    (c) Affirmative defense
    -(1) Defense

    It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the defendant, in good faith, has restricted access by minors to material that is harmful to minors—

    (A) by requiring use of a credit card, debit account, adult access code, or adult personal identification number;

    (B) by accepting a digital certificate that verifies age; or

    (C) by any other reasonable measures that are feasible under available technology.

    (e) Definitions

    (2) Commercial purposes; engaged in the business

    (A) Commercial purposes
    A person shall be considered to make a communication for commercial purposes only if such person is engaged in the business of making such communications.

    (B) Engaged in the business
    The term “engaged in the business” means that the person who makes a communication, or offers to make a communication, by means of the World Wide Web, that includes any material that is harmful to minors, devotes time, attention, or labor to such activities, as a regular course of such person's trade or business, with the objective of earning a profit as a result of such activities (although it is not necessary that the person make a profit or that the making or offering to make such communications be the person's sole or principal business or source of income). A person may be considered to be engaged in the business of making, by means of the World Wide Web, communications for commercial purposes that include material that is harmful to minors, only if the person knowingly causes the material that is harmful to minors to be posted on the World Wide Web or knowingly solicits such material to be posted on the World Wide Web.

    (6) Material that is harmful to minors

    The term “material that is harmful to minors” means any communication, picture, image, graphic image file, article, recording, writing, or other matter of any kind that is obscene or that—

    (A) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find, taking the material as a whole and with respect to minors, is designed to appeal to, or is designed to pander to, the prurient interest;

    (B) depicts, describes, or represents, in a manner patently offensive with respect to minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual act, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals or post-pubescent female breast; and

    (C) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

    (7) Minor The term “minor” means any person under 17 years of age.
    Last edited by MapleTerror; 05-05-2014 at 10:36 PM.

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    thanks Maple, I think I have read some thing really similar to that prior to posting here. That is quite helpful though, thanks so much. I am thinking for the few piece I have a sub domain will work with just a simple warning at the top. something similar to what you found.
    thank you for the help



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