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So, as someone who has worked with many amazing people in the legal field, I believe there are few things that people here need to know. I have consulted with several people who work in different areas of the law including, a contact at the ACLU, a published writer, and a law professor, among others.
One) This site is not a non-profit site. The owners make money from the many ads that you see on here and therefore, are required to pay taxes.
Two) Because this is a profit site, the owners ARE required, BY LAW, to monitor for (dare I say the word...BULLIES) and are required, BY LAW, to deal with said individuals and/or groups.
Three) The LAW states that no one who posts on the internet can be censored simply because there is a chance that someone thirteen or younger, may see it. It is against the LAW to force a writer to alter their work based on this.
Four) Number three is a law and the fact that someone makes a rule and then forces censorship, is ILLEGAL. An example would be...I make a rule stating that all employees must hit every person who says something stupid in the face with a shovel, or they will be fired. Now, just because it's a rule, or company policy, doesn't make it legal and you WILL end up going to jail if you do that (tempting as it might be some days).
Five) In order to make this site legal, all bully groups and individuals who harass another for whatever reason, this site would have to deal with them. This means that they are required, BY LAW, to answer any and all emails and complaints filed by everyone. THEY DO NOT DO THIS.
Six) This site also breaks copyright laws by allowing works to be written by living authors who have expressly forbidden it. YES, they do know that they are allowing it because they are the ones who create the title and character templates.
Seven) The "M" rating on this site clearly states that it must be suitable for age SIXTEEN and older. As this is subjective based on a person's own beliefs, it would be nearly impossible for everyone to agree on what is appropriate for every sixteen year old who may read, OR WRITE, on this site. If one peruses the local bookstore for teen fiction you will find much worse, in some cases, than what is found here. If you think your sixteen year old doesn't know about things like violence or sex...you are sadly mistaken.
Eight) There is a bill in Congress stating that: a web site administrator shall, upon request, remove any posted comments posted by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”This would include EVERYONE on this site, since we all go by pen names.
So...to sum this up, people have NO write to harass or bully another simply because they don't like what they are reading. There is no longer a "MORALS" censorship board in this country, hasn't been for decades.
In order for this site to comply with ALL the laws, there would be an age appropriate button, they would answer emails and deal with the bullies on this site, and they would remove all banned writers fiction. They do not do this.
I highly recommend that people check out the online internet censorship laws as well as the laws regarding cyber bullying. VERY interesting reads. If anyone is threatening you in any way shape or form, they can and should be reported. One place to do this is at QuitStalkingMe . com... Which I have done to the very "reviewer" who prompted this revision of my profile. You are NOT allowed to threaten people and you are NOT allowed to tell people that they cannot block you or they will be reported. Not only is it against the rules...it is ILLEGAL. So...you HAVE been reported to the police.
30-something-ish, Wife and Mother.