An Open Letter To Visa, From Banned Writers

March 6, 2012

Today, Banned Writers sent letters to all the major credit card companies, asking them to clarify their position.

Visa, Inc.
PO Box 8999
San Francisco, CA 94128-8999
United States

Attn: Joseph W. Saunders
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Attn: Doug Michelman
Global Head of Corporate Relations

Attn:  Visa Business Conduct

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of a coalition of authors, editors, and publishers, I am writing you to ask that you stand up and support the consumer's right to purchase and read the fiction they choose.

We are certain that your company is not in the business of censoring cultural product, but that is, in fact, what occurred when PayPal decided that they would refuse to process payments for certain books. We understand and wholeheartedly support companies who refuse to be parties to the sale of illegal products, but these books are legal.

Moreover, the subject matters for which PayPal has refused to process sales appear in many, many classic and modern literary works.

Additionally, we would like to point out that the vast majority of books at issue are written by women for women. PayPal's actions have had the result of significantly stifling women's writings on female sexuality.

We understand that PayPal has referred to credit card companies as the impetus behind PayPal’s demand that these books be removed from internet retail outlets and its refusal to process these sales. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate your company's clarification of its position on this issue, both to us and to PayPal.


Madeleine Morris
On Behalf of the undersigned members of
a coalition to stop the economic censorship of books

Alessia Brio
Anjesa Vitri
Aurelia T. Evans
Brandie Buckwine
Carl East
Corinna Parr
D. L. King
Diana Hardy
Eden Connor
Elizabeth Schechter
Erica Sloane
Evan J. Xavier
Gabriel Fitzpatrick
Gideon Jagged

Gillian Colbert
Giselle Renarde
Grim Desborough
I.G. Frederick
J.S. Wayne
Jasmine Dayne
Jayme Whitfeld
Jean-Luc Cheri
Jessica Freely
Kathryn Scannell
Keziah Hill
Kristina Lloyd
Lance Greencastle

Laura Antoniou
Leigh Jarrett
Madeleine Morris
Michelle Merlin
Pat Brown
Paul St. Pancras
Poe Von Page
Raziel Moore
Selena Kitt
Sessha Battousai
Vanessa Wu
Violet Williams
Zoe Galeazzi

Similar letters were sent to Mastercard Incorporated, American Express Company and Discover Financial Services.