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The pic that Photobucket.com censored.

#1 Post by Maria Mac » October 11th, 2007, 12:15 am

I was really surprised to visit the TH photobucket account a few days ago and find that one of my holiday pics that I'd uploaded thinking I might post it here some time had been removed and this notice had been left in its place.

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I emailed their customer service asking how exactly they considered it violated their terms of service, seeing as it was just a pic of a frumpy middle aged tourist leaning up against an exhibit in an Amsterdam museum.

The reply I received was less than helpful.

If anyone has any idea why the photobucket might have objected to the pic, let me know. The pic can be viewed here.

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#2 Post by Alan H » October 11th, 2007, 12:23 am

You can rate the picture - click on the stars below it. Please consider artistic merit, lighting, picture quality, subject matter, dress sense of the model, framing, etc, etc.

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#3 Post by jaywhat » October 11th, 2007, 9:34 am

The 'frumpy middle aged tourist' seems to have got very small.

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#4 Post by Fia » October 11th, 2007, 10:57 am

Are you sure the pic was taken in Amsterdam and not Lilliput? :grin:

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#5 Post by Zoe » October 11th, 2007, 11:01 am

:hilarity: OMG that's funny! What on earth did they say when you enquired, M?

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#6 Post by Maria Mac » October 11th, 2007, 11:32 am

Well, it was obviously a standard a response because they didn't answer my question about what specifically it was that they considered to be a violation. I even helpfully sent them this link which, if you scroll down, has another photo of the exhibit taken from a distance - just in case they thought it was real. But all I got was this:
We continuously monitor the content on our site. When we find images that violate our Terms of Service, we either remove the images or ban the account if the account is full of images that violate our TOS.

Photobucket reserves the right at all times to terminate your account, and delete any and all Content, in whole or in part, for any reason including without limitation violations of this Section, or of any part of this
Agreement.

We consider the photo you reference as a violation of our Terms of Service and therefore removed it from our website.
I emailed them again saying I didn't find the response helpful and could they be more specific but I never heard from them again. What's strange is that I actually had two of the identical pics uploaded, one bigger than the other (the pic that is) and they removed the bigger one but left the smaller one alone.

Their email suggests that once they find one such pic - presumably in a random search - they do check the rest of the pics in an account. So maybe it was just the size they had a problem with?

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#7 Post by verte » October 11th, 2007, 12:19 pm

Maria wrote:... So maybe it was just the size they had a problem with?
No doubt. :laughter:
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#8 Post by Flick » October 12th, 2007, 2:07 pm

Could it not perhaps have been someone with a grudge clicking on the 'Report this image' link that most photo dumping websites have?

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#9 Post by Maria Mac » October 12th, 2007, 2:22 pm

I hadn't actually posted the pic anywhere, Flick, so nobody but photobucket had seen it.

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#10 Post by Firebrand » February 15th, 2009, 1:12 pm

Remember this thread, everyone? :D

I'm planning a trip to Amsterdam in April and would like to know what museum that particular exhibit is in please.

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#11 Post by Maria Mac » February 15th, 2009, 1:29 pm

It's the Sex Museum on Damrak, Firebrand. IIRC it's near the top of the street near Central Station.

By the way, there are other - dare I say even better - things to see in Amsterdam, you know.

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#12 Post by Firebrand » February 21st, 2009, 3:37 pm

I don't doubt it, Maria, but it's not every day I get a chance to see something like that so I'm not passing it up.

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#13 Post by Nick » February 21st, 2009, 10:40 pm

Maria wrote:By the way, there are other - dare I say even better - things to see in Amsterdam, you know.
Of course there are! Lots of barges for a start! :D


OTOH, maybe I'm just a saddo after all.... :sad:


A little more seriously, (but not too seriously) the last time I was in Amsterdam was en famille, to celebrate my parents' golden wedding anniversary. We were drinking a fine champagne, at just the moment (,unbeknown to us,) JPII was croaking his last.

Amsterdam is a fine city, with lots to see, and a comfortable culture too. If you are going in April, the bulb fields should be in full bloom. Enjoy your trip!

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#14 Post by Alan H » February 21st, 2009, 11:07 pm

Whilst we're on the subject of recommending local tourist attractions, I know a couple of coffee shops...
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#15 Post by Nick » February 21st, 2009, 11:14 pm

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