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UK anti-porn law
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/a-l...97174.html

Quote:Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

Seemingly arbitrarily deciding what is nice sex and what is not nice sex, the board's ruling on 'content that is not acceptable' (p.23) effectively bans the following acts from being depicted by British pornography producers:

Spanking
Caning
Aggressive whipping
Penetration by any object "associated with violence"
Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual)
Urolagnia (known as "water sports")
Role-playing as non-adults
Physical restraint
Humiliation
Female ejaculation
Strangulation
Facesitting
Fisting

The final three listed fall under acts the BBFC views as potentially "life-endangering".

While the measures won't stop people from watching whatever genre of porn they desire, as video shot abroad can still be viewed, they do impose severe restrictions on content created in the UK, and appear to make no distinction between consensual and non-consensual practices between adults.

Femdom porn will be hit particularly hard by the regulations

"There appear to be no rational explanations for most of the R18 rules," Jerry Barnett of the anti-censorship group Sex and Censorship told Vice UK. "They're simply a set of moral judgements designed by people who have struggled endlessly to stop the British people from watching pornography."

I expect the UK's Nanny State will ban us from filming cricket next as Phillip Hughes' tragic death clearly proves the sport is 'life-endangering'.
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#2
Aside from the whole issue of censorship and nanny state the mind boggles at the thought processes behind this.

To be clear - there are images out there that I would happily see banned and their creators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; anything non-consensual or below the legal age of consent are the obvious ones, causing permanent or serious physical harm is another. Common sense can and should be applied in most cases and only if there was a truly 'grey area' would the law need to decide.

Taken literally I assume this now means that the 'Diary of a Call Girl' TV series would now be banned/censored (Femdom, spanking, whipping, etc), as would a number of other dramas shown on British TV over the past few years (the 'A Scandal in Belgravia' episode of Sherlock had about 1 second of bondage in it - shocking!) and some of the current darker police dramas are heavily into quite graphic sexual violence, are these now also banned or edited to become utterly bland?)

I also now presume that the 50 shades film is now forever prohibited in the UK, or else will be so heavily censored that it lasts less than 20minutes and is a bio-pic of a business relationship between a boss and his PA?

It seems that the moral minority (unseen people with no public accountability) are once more flexing their un-democratic powers to control peoples freedom of choice.

Angry

MJ
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(05 Dec 2014, 12:51 )madjack Wrote: I also now presume that the 50 shades film is now forever prohibited in the UK
(05 Dec 2014, 09:28 )culmor Wrote: While the measures won't stop people from watching whatever genre of porn they desire, as video shot abroad can still be viewed, they do impose severe restrictions on content created in the UK
Is it about "creation" only? Or "transmitting" as well?
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#4
The key words seem to be 'depicted' and 'producers' with all the connotations or interpretations that go with it.

However I cannot believe that they would, for example, allow DVDs or images of the now prohibited content to be imported 'physically' into the UK (unless this is covered in another earlier rule) - which is where I was going with the '50 shades' comment.

Odd thought just occurred to me - is it that they object to this content in 'pornography' (please define that!) but are ok if it is in a comedy or a drama?

I despair Sad

MJ
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#5
(05 Dec 2014, 17:38 )madjack Wrote: Odd thought just occurred to me - is it that they object to this content in 'pornography' (please define that!) but are ok if it is in a comedy or a drama?
Very good and valid point.

More examples. What about:

o- Self-bondage selfie? (E.g. MadJack videos).
o- Filmed playing kids. E.g. videos of kid made by kids who are willingly wrap each other in sticky tape? (just stumbled upon dozens of them).
o- Consensual adult porn and bondage non-profit home-videos?
o- 12 year old fashion top-models
o- Violence in news
o- Violence in sport (box, judo, MMA)
o- Adult porn anime
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#6
It seems that this unelected quango (Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization) has delegated powers to make rulings without going through the usual Parliamentary process. They've apparently closed down YouTube accounts and threatened various organizations that they have no legal power over. They are the Authority for TeleVision On Demand (ATVOD) which means they have no authority over 'Diary of a Call Girl' or 'Sherlock' so long as you watch the original broadcast, not an 'on demand' version. Which makes the entire debacle even more ridiculous. They have no problem at all with you watching Irene Adler pursuing her trade in 'Sherlock' when it's first broadcast but if you choose to watch it on BBC iPlayer the day after you're a criminal. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Quote:In 2011 ATVOD wrote to several UK newspapers claiming that their websites came under its regulatory ambit despite the fact that the AVMSD expressly excluded electronic versions of newspapers and magazines from its scope

Also,

Quote:Itziar Bilbao Urrutia of The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, a website which ATVOD claimed was an ODPS (an 'On Demand Programme Service, a claim not upheld by Ofcom, the British Government's 'Office of Communications), has said “whenever I see who has been reported to ATVOD, it is usually material that could be classified as kink – especially femdom”

I'd never heard of 'The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell' before but I'm 101% certain I'd rather be ruled by them than the ATVOD Wink
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#7
YAMOGMFS (Yet Another Method Of Getting Money From Someone) Big Grin

That reminds me of the anti-piracy organizations that take much more money from Sony and others then pirates "steal" from Sony and others.

Oh, yeah, and anti-gay and anti-smoking campaigns in Russia, when they tried to ban old&great animation films for kids, because some of the heroes (the bad ones, by the way) smoke. I hate smoking, but there are limits. (Usually campaigns are dangerous, but I do support the recent anti public smoking campaigns in NL and DE).
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#8
Here we go. Face-sitting porn demonstrators protest against censorship laws outside Parliament.







I hope the reportage is shown on all major channels Big Grin
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#9
Big Grin

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#10
Periodic table of banned kink

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