UK Says You Can't Have Some Kinds Of Porn, But It Determines What Kinds

from the confusing-much? dept

The Register is covering the rather confusing porn guidelines in the UK, which add certain types of porn to the list of what is illegal to possess. Plenty of countries have laws against possession of child porn, but the UK is extending that to cover images that are "pornographic, grossly offensive and portray activity that threatens harm to life or limb, or involves sex with a corpse or animal." Of course, some of that is open to interpretation -- and TheReg points out that plenty of movies that were approved for viewing in the UK contain footage that probably meets those criteria. The question, then, is, if you have an offending still image from a legal UK video, do you run afoul of these guidelines? Also, oddly, the law says that you're okay if you delete an image -- but not okay if you can retrieve it after deleting. While, undoubtedly, this law is well-intended, it seems to be quite vague and it's difficult to see what public benefit it serves. If the concern is about the harm done in the making of such porn, why not go after the pornographers, rather than the possessors?
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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Dec 2008 @ 7:55pm

    AC #2:

    "Also, oddly, the law says that you're okay if you delete an image -- but not okay if you can retrieve it after deleting"

    No, Mike, no it doesn't.

    It says that it's fine if you delete it, but not if "where a person is shown to have intended to remain in control of an image even though he has deleted it".

    AC #2 it seems as though you misunderstand what the law is saying itself. Proving someone's intent without physical evidence or action is unprovable. Short of using my imagination, I can't construct a scenario where one could accomplish such a feat.

    It seems to me that "where a person is shown to have intended to remain in control of [the] image" suggests the individual in question would have the means to *retrieve* the image with some software after deleting it from regular access. Finding such software or observing the individual using this software, maybe from reading a log outside of actual sight, is a way to "show" that the individual intended on "remaining in control." Therefore Mike's wording suggesting retrieval being punishable should be maintained as it's quite accurate.

    I myself haven't read the law or even the article from The Register for that matter. I trust you enough to have gathered the actual statement yourself, as you seemed intent on collapsing Mike's article and so needed concrete evidence to its contrary (although in the end it seems quite identical).

    Personally I think Mike's article is fine and I'm glad I caught it, it's crazy to be reminded of the extreme kinds of pornography in the world.

    And Vampire sex is always okay..

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