So for a few years I’ve been posting music to my soundcloud account, mostly extreme metal I write for two solo artist of mine. As of late, a theme has popped into my lyrics, a not-so-clean theme that I don’t normally write about, wanking. But since I am massively pro-wanking(tm) I decided to write 2 songs about it. So I uploaded one, not realizing, that soundcloud’s terms of service say you can’t do that, your content cannot be sexually explicit…. WTF! Here is the exact text from the terms and services section:
“Representations and Warranties
You hereby represent and warrant to SoundCloud as follows:
(ii) Your Content and the availability thereof on the Platform does not and will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any intellectual property rights, performers’ rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or rights in confidential information.
(iii) You have obtained any and all necessary consents, permissions and/or releases from any and all persons appearing in Your Content in order to include their name, voice, performance or likeness in Your Content and to publish the same on the Platform and via any Linked Services.
(iv) Your Content, including any comments that you may post on the Website, is not and will not be unlawful, offensive, abusive, libellous, defamatory, obscene, racist, sexually explicit, ethnically or culturally offensive, indecent, will not promote violence, terrorism, or illegal acts, or incite hatred on grounds of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
(v) Your Content does not and will not create any liability on the part of SoundCloud, its subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, and assigns, and their respective employees, agents, directors, officers and/or shareholders.
SoundCloud reserves the right to remove Your Content, suspend or terminate your access to the Platform and/or pursue all legal remedies if we believe that any of Your Content breaches any of the foregoing representations or warranties, or otherwise infringes another person’s rights or violates any law, rule or regulation.”
Look at part 4 above:
“Your Content, including any comments that you may post on the Website, is not and will not be unlawful, offensive, abusive, libellous, defamatory, obscene, racist, sexually explicit, ethnically or culturally offensive, indecent, will not promote violence, terrorism, or illegal acts, or incite hatred on grounds of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.”
So basically they are not allowing people to upload merely offensive content of any kind. Define offensive? Some lyrics I write might offend the idiots out there? In fact you can say that any content can be offensive, because there will always be someone who will find it offensive.
Notice that it also outlaws “culturally offensive content”. WTF! Define culturally offensive? That is a complete subjective statement. Someone can find a song’s lyrics about zombies eating babies to be offensive or “culturally offensive”. It’s stupid, vague and idiotic that that, sexually explicit, obscene and indecent content are not allowed…… They are vague, subjective content definitions that all require the person ‘offended’ by them to find them offensive for it to be any of those….. Not objective. Is our country and our Internet such a nanny state now that offensive content has to be gotten rid of… For the children? WTF!
Also, what the fuck is the problem with sexually explicit content? Both youtube and Soundcloud block this stuff and it’s completely normal and natural. Yet in this world it’s horribly offensive to even mention any kind of sexual content in lyrics. It’s like ‘all mentions of sex = bad for a children’s mind so we need to get rid of it’. It’s stupid.
It’s really lucky of me to upload the music lyrics I do which can fit into some of these categories and not be deleted yet. I have had some suspicious problems with my soundcloud accounts in the past so maybe. I wish soundcloud would get rid of the ‘offensive’,’abusive’,’culturally offensive’,’obscene’,and ‘indecent’ clauses. It isn’t needed. People offended by lyrics can put them in categories like this to get them taken down and that is NOT the way the Internet should work.
I’m not happy about this. This crap should not be on the Internet at all. Subjective content restrictions need to be Gotten rid of, completely. They don’t do anything positive. They just prevent people from being offended. It’s like accidentally or purposely offending people is a crime now. It shouldn’t be. Guess what folks…. you have the right to be offended. You have no right whatsoever to be shielded from offensive content because that’s fucking stupid. End of story.