There is excellent news about PayPal’s position on erotic publishing. Following an intense period of negotiation, and in response to a huge amount of talk online, PayPal has revised its position. Mark Coker writes:
This is a big, bold move by PayPal. It represents a watershed decision that protects the rights of writers to write, publish and distribute legal fiction. It also protects the rights of readers to purchase and enjoy all fiction in the privacy of their own imagination. It clarifies and rationalizes the role of financial services providers and pulls them out of the business of censoring legal fiction.
Following implementation of their new policies, PayPal will have the most liberal, pro-First Amendment policies of the major payment processors.
As the saying goes, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. In this case, the response was swift, and those who wanted to restrict freedom found out that authors and readers were not sleeping.