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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Photobucket Support Team
I decided to take them up on their offer to contact email@example.com 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,
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?