This disclaimer is to address any legitimate concerns from readers and detractors alike regarding the legality of our site.
Two major legal issues affect this site: 1) Intellectual Property and 2) Subject Matter.
1. This site is educational and a vehicle for social criticism and therefore falls within the rules of the “Fair Use Clause” of the Copyright Act of 1980 (and applicable counterparts in other countries). Although we sometimes consult with artists about what content is or is not included, it is not necessary for us to do so if its use is clearly justified in a particular post. Images or video presented here will not be comprehensive nor of such high quality to cause issues of copyright infringement.
2. Our site does contain some nude images and videos of children. Although some may rationalize their objection on arbitrary moral grounds, we endeavor to strictly adhere to U.S. law, under whose jurisdiction this site operates. Pigtails in Paint will not present material that has been produced unlawfully through the exploitation of children or images that might constitute a “lascivious display” of genitalia in violation of U.S. code. The rules regarding non-photographic material (drawings, paintings, sculpture, etc.) are more lenient but this site will nonetheless try to err on the side of conservatism when presenting this illustrative material.
If there are questions concerning the legality of a particular image or video clip, you can direct your concerns or complaints to the Walters Law Group (specializing in Free Speech, Internet Law and Intellectual Property issues) operating out of Florida. To spread the burden, Pigtails intends to approach other qualified lawyers to assist in dealing with these issues.
Another point regarding the legitimacy of this site is that since it is hosted in the UK, it falls under the guidelines of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) which has much stricter rules than the US with its legacy of protecting free speech on principle. It should also be noted that we are aware that pornography sites do link to ours, much to our irritation. We are in no position to stop this unless anyone has some clever ideas they would like to share. Also, due to unfair procedural technicalities, we are no longer in control of the pigtailsinpaint.com domain name which has been co-opted and is serving as another porn site. This has been done despite our official protests and attempts to correct this through proper channels. If anyone believes they have found something illegal on this site, they are invited to report it to IWF and if they determine that we must correct something, they will notify us in an official capacity.
I sincerely hope this clarifies matters and demonstrates our commitment to operate completely above board. -Ron, Editor in Chief at Pigtails in Paint