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Proposed Changes to UK Law on Extreme Porn

The Bill states that an image is pornographic “if it appears to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal”. An “extreme image” is an image of any of the following –

(a) “an act which threatens or appears to threaten a person’s life;
(b) an act which results in or appears to result (or be likely to result) in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals;
(c) an act which involves or appears to involve sexual interference with a human corpse;
(d) a person performing or appearing to perfom an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal,
where (in each case) any such act, person or animal depicted in the image is or appears to be real”.

An exception to this would be an image that forms part of a classified work – i.e., a film which receives a classification certificate from the relevant authority.  So if the extreme porn is only for sexual arousal like porn is, it would be illegal, but if it’s incorporated into a film and there is context and some meaning to it, then it would be legal.  Couldn’t pornographers easily exploit this part of the bill by creating a ridiculous plot?  However, I could also easily see how a typically artsy and surreal film could contain some extreme or violent erotica or imagery (which renders it not pornography), so I can understand the importance of this allowance & non-censhorship for talented film-makers.

 The proposed bill can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmbills/015/08015.62-67.html#j400

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Written by erishkigal

January 6, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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