Interesting points are being raised in relation to DeviantART’s recently published “Terms of Service”. I know that myself, John, Rob, and other ‘Deviants’ will recall the uproar over their last range of legal documents published. But now, they’re kicking out the under 18’s which I think makes up the mainstay of DA’s userbase….
“To register as a member of the Service or purchase products, you must be 18 years or lawfully permitted to enter into and form contracts under applicable law. In no event may minors submit Content to the Service. You agree that the information that you provide to us upon registration, at the time of purchase, and at all other times will be true, accurate, current and complete. You also agree that you will ensure that this information is kept accurate and up to date at all times. This is especially important with respect to your email address, since that is the primary way in which we will communicate with you about your account and your orders.”
From Jark’s blog…
Minors, which make up the vast majority of the userbase of deviantART, are now no longer allowed to submit content to deviantART. Not only are those under 18 not allowed to register for an account but they can no longer submit their art to the site or interact in areas where they will ultimately be submitting information to deviantART for all to view.
My thoughts…. ridiculous. I really, honestly don’t know what they’re trying to achieve with this. Don’t they know that kids are the future of today, tomorrow…. No bloody wonder everyone is flocking to MySpace!
Bring back Jark! 🙂