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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
IN MEMORIUM
Angelo Cantera, Art Collector
Artists and Foundation members were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Angelo Cantera in Pullman, WA where he was a professor of Spanish at the University of Washington. Angie suffered a heart attack on July 1st, just a few days before he planned to drive down to Los Angeles for one of his regular trips. When visiting here, he would scout for new erotic works and volunteer many hours at the Foundation. One of erotic art's biggest enthusiasts, he amassed a large and wide-ranging collection of erotic art, both homo and hetero, which he has willed to the Foundation, but unfortunately is now in dispute (see article below). He will be missed for many things, especially his rich conversation, ready wit and big heart.

LOST LEGACY ADDS TO TRAGEDY
The sudden unexpected death of Angelo Cantera has brought to light a problem that often faces our Foundation and its supporters. Angelo was an avid collector of erotic art and had promised to leave in his will a long list of precious artworks to the Foundation. Some of the pieces were made available to Angelo for purchase specifically because he was planning to leave his collection to the Foundation. Unfortunately, like so many people, Angelo did not adequately plan his will and now those precious works of erotica may be sold off to fulfill the requirements of his estate as defined by the laws in his state.

If you have something you would like to leave to the Foundation in your name, please make sure that your will is in order. The Foundation is available to try to help in this area although wills can be very complex and the Foundation's resources are limited.

Therefore, the easiest and best way to guarantee your donation will be seen and appreciated by future art-lovers is to donate the work NOW. By donating the work now you can receive the tax benefits of your generosity immediately. And best of all you can choose to keep custody of the works for the duration of your lifetime or allow their exhibition, always with the work attributed as a donation from your collection. Scott O'Hara was one great benefactor who took advantage of this system and enjoyed his collection up to the time of his death at which time the Foundation took possession and now displays them in his name.

It is truly a tragedy that so many great artworks and memorabilia, even of Tom's, have been lost or destroyed when their owners died leaving them to families that had no appreciation or understanding of their worth. Please don't let this happen to you; make your donation NOW so that others can always appreciate the art you love, in your name, forever.


Erotic Content and Censorship
WEB DREAMS
by Will Hikdreth
The author is an internet content creator, consultant and WebMaster of numerous sites, both adult oriented and otherwise. www.willnet.com

Erotic content, while somewhat controversial in the (non-internet) media has been a driving force in the progress of the web from the beginning. L.A. Times Internet correspondent Jaclyn Easton writes: “The unspoken truth about Internet commerce is that the true trailblazers are the sex site proprietors. Anyone doing business on the net owes a lot to them.”

A lot has been said on both sides about erotic web content and censorship - but erotica has been in demand since time began, and there are ample places to host it on the web. The web is geared toward eroticism in many ways. The perceived anonymity of the internet allows people to explore ideas and content they might be uncomfortable with seeking out in geographic, as opposed to cyberspace.

True censorship (government mandated content restriction) has been proposed and overturned time and again. The little publicized fact of the matter is that the web was designed to make censorship impossible! Originally developed by the US Military and academics to survive a nuclear strike, the net interprets a server shutdown (as would happen in censorship attempts) as damage and automatically routes around it. The global nature of the internet also foils attempts at censorship since no one government can control websites that are hosted in other countries.

Many are quick to cry “censorship” when a host boots a site, but really it's no different than someone asking you to leave their home if they find your behavior inappropriate. In other homes the same behavior will be welcome, or even the norm.) An example of this occurred with a site the author maintains recently. The well-known erotic artist MATT had been hosting his site at AOL. AOL “tossed” him - asked him to remove the images, and I stepped in and offered him free space on a server I maintain that allows adult content (you can visit MATT's site at http://www.blackandtans.org/matt/). Though the experience was emotionally distressing for the artist, in the end he found a more full-featured host, and one that allowed him greater freedom of expression and a higher level of technology. If you find yourself in a similar bind you might contact the author at webmaster@willnet.com to see if I can be of assistance.


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