Having only just begun to enjoy the many features of Microsoft's SkyDrive has over Google Docs I was shocked, confused and latterly angry to find Microsoft had unilaterally and without notice closed my SkyDrive account.
I was invited to re-apply to have my SkyDrive reactivated, which I did immediately. There followed an anxious wait for their response which came 24 hours later from “Kyla” at Windows Live SkyDrive Customer Support.
Kyla gave me 48hours to remove all images which violate Microsoft’s SkyDrive Code of Conduct , Helpfully telling me:
Here’s an example of what needs to be removed :
LiveFolders/Trip2London/From the iPhone/IMG_0311.JPG
Reclining Nude, 1917, Amedeo Modigliani , Oil on canvas
On My SkyDrive as LiveFolders/Trip2London/From the iPhone/IMG_0311.JPG
My shock turned to confusion as this reply was of no help at all in understanding exactly what images Kyla wanted me to remove. It was an 'example' indicating there were others that violated the Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct is so openly worded I was left to consider each and every picture of myself, partner and friends on a Greek beach in swimming costumes – were they partial nudity as defined in Microsoft's Code of Conduct?
You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that:
- depicts nudity of any sort including full or partial human nudity or nudity in non-human forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga.
Confusion moved onto anger as the image right next to Reclining Nude was Mattise’s demonic-like naked Dance :
Dance,1910, Henri Matisse, Oil On Canvas
It seems ironic what Kayla and Microsoft have done, today, in 2012 was a almost an exact repetition of what happened when Amedeo Modigliani first exhibited his now acclaimed nudes in 1917, according to Modigliani's Wikipedia entry
On December 3, 1917, Modigliani's first one-man exhibition opened at the Berthe Weill Gallery. The chief of the Paris police was scandalized by Modigliani's nudes and forced him to close the exhibition within a few hours after its opening.Now,to paraphrase Wikipedia
On January 8, 2012 Modigliani's Reclining Nude, 1917 was uploaded by me to my SkyDrive. Microsoft was scandalized by Modigliani's nude and forced me to delete the file within 48 hours.Microsoft’s Code of Conduct policy confuses naked with nude. The word nude came into art critic vocabulary in the early 18th Century to differentiate artistic images of the human body from other types of images. Kenneth Clark in the opening of The Nude described the naked as ‘huddled and defenseless’ in contrast to the nude which is ‘balanced, prosperous and confident’. This consideration moved some images of the naked human body into becoming nudes - images of artistic merit and integrity - not to be confused with the exploitation that can be found in many naked images. Microsoft’s Code of Conduct needs to reflect that difference. So rather than prohibiting images which:
Depicts nudity of any sort including full or partial human nudity or nudity in non-human forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga.The Code of Conduct should be more explicit, prohibiting images which:
Depicts nakedness of any sort including full or partial human nakedness or nakedness in non-human forms as cartoons, fantasy art or mangaI was torn as to what to do next? Leave the image there and be denied access to SkyDrive ,delete it and continue albeit prudently to use SkyDrive.
I capitulated, gave in and reluctantly deleted that one image but left all my other 2,300 plus images in folders on SkyDrive intact including the Warren Cup and Matisse Dance images . I replaced Modigliani 's Nude with this image:
Replacement image for LiveFolders/Trip2London/From the iPhone/IMG_0311.JPG
(Reclining Nude, 1917, Amedeo Modigliani , Oil on canvas)
BTW all the images for this post are to be found in my Google Docs folder until Google becomes as paranoid aka as Philistine as Microsoft........