Fan Fiction Author Charged With Obscenity In The UK

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

Apparently, it's not just the US that has decided to jump back into the murky waters of charging people with obscenity charges for stuff they put online. Over in the UK, a guy is facing an obscenity charge for a bit of fiction that he wrote. There are communities of folks online who often write fiction involving "famous" characters, whether from TV or movies or, in some cases, from real life. The whole concept, frankly, strikes me as a little bit odd, but for those who want to do it, I don't see why they shouldn't be allowed to do so. In this case, the guy wrote some apparently graphic fiction about a band in the UK and is now being charged with publishing obscene materials. If he loses, I would imagine that there are large groups of folks who post this sort of (yes, ridiculously distasteful) stuff online, who could be facing similar charges. I have enough difficulty understanding obscenity laws that go after people in online communities where the content is, in no way, pushed on others -- but it seems even more bizarre to include obscenity charges for fictional writing.
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    Chris, 23 Oct 2008 @ 8:43am

    My personal 2 cents is ...

    My personal 2 cents is this:
    There should be a central website for fanfiction of this nature. On it, a disclaimer that explains by no means are any of the contained stories fact or true.

    If your going to lock up people for Obscene websites / stories... start with the creators of child porn and all the sites that promote perversion of any kind.

    In the case of stories, people who write stories about 2 real people having inappropriate behaviors, when its not true, is like spreading rumors. We know 95% of rumors aren't true, but they still hurt the people that they are about! ( don't tell me that's BS because i was a victim of such).

    Also, everything that you see or read or hear affects you. Doesn't matter if its fact or fiction. You may know the fiction is not real, but in some part of your brain, it believes it to be true. Your consciousness carries the ability to determine what is true and false. Therefore, some people, if you don't slap a big "warning" on the top of the story / video, will get the wrong idea.

    Ever notice on every film that was BASED on a true event says so before or after the film??? why is it there? for legal purposes... nuff said.


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