So, this holiday season I have acquired a very tiny ‘‘fortune’’ and I have been using some of it to commission artists to do a variety of work. When I can’t find a desirable artist on Twitter or Pixiv, I usually went to r/hungryartists on Reddit. I have never had any problems with this subreddit but today was a horrible first.
I posted a commission request in which I was looking for an artist who could do a pornographic art piece of the characters Will Parry and Lyra Belaqua from His Dark Materials, I wanted the characters in the commission to be based on their live-action versions. I made it very clear in the commission that both characters were under 18 years of age so I wanted artists who were comfortable with doing that. I’ve done this before on that subreddit and never encountered any issues.
I got a few comments from several artists willing to do the art piece, I initially went with one artist who eventually informed me that they wouldn’t do the commission because they just found out the characters were under 18 even though I made that fact clear in my post. This artist then proceeded to report me to the subreddit moderators who proceeded to ban me for ‘‘requesting child pornography’’ and calling me a ‘‘deranged psychopath’’.
The mods declared that regardless of whether or not the characters were real or fictional, it constituted as child pornography because I wanted their designs to be based on their live-action versions and both of their actors are underaged themselves according to American Law. I told the moderators that the age of consent in my region was 16, this is also the age of consent in the UK, where both the actors are from and the show is filmed in, they said that they didn’t care because ‘‘18 is the age that civilized people use’’. They refused to lift the ban and also sent notices to other art-requesting subreddits to ban me as well to ‘‘keep their communities safe from pedophiles’’ I have now been banned by 3 different subreddits and have thus been cut off from a major network.
Regardless, one of the artists who commented on my post was more than ok with doing the art piece and expressed that they didn’t care about the ban I received or the morality behind the art piece, since they do a lot of ‘‘fucked up fetish artwork’’ themselves. I ended up commissioning them and I am hoping that everything turns out well in the relatively long period of time that it will take to do the piece.
Anyway, I am wondering who was right and wrong in this scenario according to experts? Did I actually violate any laws by requesting this artpiece? I am still a bit shaken by what happened this morning, as I mentioned. I’ve commissioned artwork like this before and I’ve never had problems like this before, I really can’t wrap my head around why my commission would constitute as cp.