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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    some old guy, 23 Oct 2008 @ 5:12am

    The beauty of the internet is ...

    The beauty of the internet is that ANYONE can become a publisher!

    The ugly of the internet is that anyone can become a publisher.

    This is effectively two problems. One can be solved with ANTI-SLAPP type laws. The other can't be solved except to eradicate laws that were written for a bygone era.

    When laws governing publishing were written, it was not the intent to suppress individual's voices, but to prevent those in power from brainwashing those not in power, to put it rather bluntly.

    In terms of "the speed of lawmakers" the internet is still extremely new, and adoption of it into the daily lives of the lawmakers denizens is still on the rather rapid upswing. The internet is still changing very fast. As a result of this, many lawmakers are still as of yet unwilling to start destroying the foundation of many laws and start rebuilding them from scratch taking this new platform into account.

    We'll get there, eventually, hopefully.


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