Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Photobucket Phollow-Up

As a follow-up to my problem with Photobucket I had couple of email exchanges with them.

First, I sent an email to pro@photobucket in order to find out why I could not upgrade to Photobucket Pro.

I received notification that my alloted monthly bandwidth had been exceeded. I thought I was a Pro-Photobucket user but I see my last payment, automatically taken from my credit card, was several years ago. For some reason my account was no longer being automatically renewed. I attempted to sign up for it today and received the following message:

Our records show that the 'Thousandbars' account is not available for upgrade due to usage violations.

Please contact us if you feel that this is in error.

I am sure what the useage violations might be. Twice I have had pictures, pictures taken in a museum and an art gallery, removed because, I believe, they showed an exposed female breast. These were just pictures of pictures, for goodness sakes. I am suprised if a picture of the statue of Venus would get by you guys.

Anyway, I am not sure if I want to upgrade now, apparently I have been getting by without it for several years. I do kind of want to know what my useage violations might have been.

 It didn't take long for them to get back to me, I will give them credit for that.

Please accept our apologies. Your linking has been enabled and your Pro status is valid through 6/5/10 currently. Please clear your cache and refresh your page. Thank you.

If you have further questions regarding media removed for TOU violation, please contact


Your Photobucket Support Team

I decided to take them up on their offer to contact and sent them the following email:

I have had two pictures blocked by Photobucket due to inappropriate content. In one case it was a picture of an exhibit in a museum in Paris. The picture depicted how the human male and female were similar and different. This was in a museum that regularly hosted visits by grade-schoolers. Yet the picture was blocked because, I presume, there was a naked female breast depicted.

The second was, again, a picture of a picture. This time one that was in a small gallery. It was a semi-abstract painting that, again, depicted a naked, although unrealistic, female breast.

Am I correct that a picture that depicts a naked female breast is routinely blocked by Photobucket? What if it happened to be a picture of the Sistine Chapel ceiling?

The reason for this query is that I recently was not allowed to upgrade to Photobucket Pro because I had "useage violations." Aside from the two times that I had pictures blocked, out of thousands that I have posted, I can think of no other possible usege violations.

Again, they quickly got back to me with a reply,

Your account contained images which violate our Terms of Use. These Terms apply to all users regardless of the Public/Private setting of the account. When you created the account, you agreed to abide by these terms and we clearly explained the consequences of violating those terms. attempts to maintain a website that is absent of offensive, indecent or objectionable content. That is our general policy and your images were removed in accordance with that policy. The Terms of Use, found at, reflect that policy by giving Photobucket the right to remove content that, among other things, (a) it deems unlawful, obscene, harmful, threatening, defamatory, or hateful; (b) invades the privacy of any third party; (c) contains nudity, illustrated nudity, pornography, illustrated pornography, child erotica, or child pornography; or (d) Photobucket deems otherwise objectionable.

We do allow nudes in classical art, such as Picasso, Dali, or Michelangelo. Modern art nudity is a violation.


Your Photobucket Support Team

So there you have it, bare breasts don't make it, unless it is in classical art.  Now, what am I going to do with all of these pictures I was going to share with you?

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