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Paypal Digital Art Category

Howdy folks!

There appears to be a Paypal rumor moving about the artist sphere that states that there's a new "digital adult content" that will "immediately get your account shut down" if you select it.

Fortunately, this is not true. Here is where you select your business account details.

From that screen click on "Update". It will take you to a new screen that looks like this.

Click on "edit".

Here is a listing of the categories you can choose for your business account. I've left my caps uncropped so that members can see the timestamp. Category 1, Category 2

The most users can specify is "digital art". There is no "digital adult content".

As for Paypal's policy on the sales of adult content, that can be found here.

Edit: Some more digging has brought up that an "adult digital content" section does exist under "Entertainment and Media", but not under the Arts and Crafts sections.

See here for the comment from our member.

With that said, we don't suggest leaving the "arts" category if you choose to fill out this type of business information. Why Paypal has this under entertainment and media when adult subscriptions are banned under their ToS is anyone's guess.

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Jun. 24th, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
hey! just wanted to add some clarification to cel's post.

there's no "adult digital content" category when you're under the ART, CRAFTS, AND COLLECTIBLES main category. the adult digital content subcategory DOES exist, but you need to change your MAIN category to "entertainment and media" in order to see it.

here's a screenshot.

so while, yes, this change IS there and COULD lead to potential action on Paypal's part (as they do strictly mention things like adult subscriptions and other services of that type as against their TOS), i don't see a huge potential effect on artists as long as you continue to list your service as "digital art".

hope this helped!

Edited at 2016-06-24 03:20 am (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it seems like that's meant to apply to real pornography as well. Such as camshows and other digital pornographic content.
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:13 am (UTC)
Maybe this is a silly question, but what is the advantage to telling Paypal more about one's business? I kind of like to leave them in the dark as much as possible if you know what I mean - but does specifying the type of business I conduct with my account (art) and then the type of art (digital) provide more seller protection? I don't mean that to sound snarky, because my knowledge of Paypal's terms has fallen behind quit a bit as they've changed and I really don't know the difference. :)
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:28 am (UTC)
Maybe taxes? Like in case they need to give you a tax document, since we do have industry codes you need to fill out on your self-employment tax forms.
Jun. 24th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, maybe! I'm Canadian so I wouldn't know but you could be right.
Jun. 24th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
I have no idea honestly. When I set mine up I didn't think about it, and was being polite to them.
Jun. 24th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
Celestinaketzia, are you cool with your screenshots being posted to Tumblr? I've been seeing this post pop up a lot on my dash and would love to add these in so people can see the proof.
Jun. 24th, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
It's fine! All of my personal info is censored.
Jun. 24th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thank you so much :D Just wanted to double check to make sure.
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