June 11th, 2010 | researchmaterial
So I looked at this clever new thing called Square, that’ll let you accept and make card payments on your phone. It comes from a good place: the inspiration was an artist who couldn’t sell a piece of art because he couldn’t process card payments on the spot. I like their intent a great deal. And I was picking through the terms of service, to see if this was a US-only thing, because obviously I know a bunch of people who might find Square useful. (A simple mobile card processing solution would be a boon for creators working tables at conventions.) And I found this:
You represent and warrant to us that… (j) you are not engaged in and will not accept payment for any of the following: (1) any illegal activity,
Well yes sure if you insist.
(2) adult entertainment oriented products or services (all media types; internet, telephone, printed material, etc),
So I know a few people who now won’t be selling their panties using Square. Okay.
…(7) occult materials
Hold on. Can someone explain this to me? What defines an occult material? I had a quick Google. According to Fox News, a pink ouija board made by Hasbro is an "occult material." Informed Christians tells me that Harry Potter and Pokemon are occult materials. Are Tarot cards occult materials? Divining rods? Alan Moore books and CDs?
I’m presuming this is just some kind of weird boilerplate text they’ve picked up from somewhere, and that in America credit card processors don’t like you rubbing the spooky stuff. And someone will educate me on that in the comments. But "occult materials" would seem to me to be so ill-defined as to cover an awful lot of things. So, if you fancy the sound of Square, but perhaps sell things like books or garments
or goat heads consecrated in Satan’s piss, you might want to drop them a line first to get their definition of "occult materials."