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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    Jesse, 2 Dec 2008 @ 6:25pm

    What is the most benign kind of porn being interpreted as illegal? When I read that, it seems reasonable, but it is important to know how it is being interpretted. Technically, any kind of porn could be hazardous to life (i.e. because of AIDS, say). Could you elaborate on how this law is being interpretted in reality?

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