07/30/2004: "Taking a Stand / Taking Down a Show"
Well, the saga of my attempt at registering the domain name colorfulnudes.com has taken another turn. First of all, I had to explain to them about the fact that that name would not have any actual content, that it was just going to be pointing to my site elisetomlinson.com and sent them a link to see that my artwork consists of colorful nudes etc.
Next I got a message that said:
We will register the domain name colorfulnudes.com. If you could please put a
notice on your site, "Some of the material may not be suitable for people under
the age of 18."
I wrote back again saying that I didn't want to post a disclaimer on my site because as an artist I don't feel that anything on my site is not suitable for people under the age of 18. I said that since there would be nothing actually posted under the domain name colorfulnudes.com it meant that after 5 years of hosting with them with no troubles as to the content of my site, I would now have to post a disclaimer on my personal artist website and I wouldn't do that out of principle.
This morning I got this message:
We understand your artistic principles. It's the domain name "colorfulnudes.com"
that conflicts with our terms and policies. The nude portion of the domain name
is what WestHost doesn't want to be associated with, because of it's suggestive
adult content. If the domain is going to be used as part of "elisetomlinson.com"
then we must part ways. We wish you the best in your business.
Here is the link for cancellation:
Now I feel really conflicted because on one hand I'm really pissed off and want to just cancel for all the sites that I have registered through them...but on the other hand, up until now they've been an excellent hosting company. Plus, it took me a long time to install greymatter for my weblog and I don't want to go through all the hassles of switching to a new service. Particularly since I had registered the colorfulnudes domain as an afterthought and it probably wouldn't be that beneficial for me anyway.
On the other hand, I think it's a sad day when it gets to the point that the word "nude" is automatically considered dirty.
Anyway, depending on how I decide to handle this, my site might be going bye bye temporarily.
In other news, I'm getting ready to go to the gallery and take down the show and drop some paintings off at the printer's for scanning. I forgot to print out my bill of sale contracts again so I have to drive all the way out to the University to pick them up. I'll be releived when this show is behind me and I can get into the groove of working on this new show of tide paintings. So far, the work has been going very slowly (i.e. I haven't really started yet).