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Ian Taylor , the Conservative Science and Industry Minister, warned ISPs that the police would act against any company which provided their users with "pornographic or violent material". The action of the UK police has been described as amounting to censorship without public or Parliamentary debate. It has been pointed out that the list supplied to ISPs by the police in August included a number of legitimate discussion groups concerned with legal sexual subjects.

These contained textual material without pictures that would not be expected to infringe UK obscenity laws. The direct result of the campaign of threats and pressure was the setting up of the Internet Watch Foundation IWF , an independent body to which the public could report potentially criminal Internet content, both child pornography and other forms of criminally obscene material.

It was intended that this arrangement would protect the internet industry from any criminal liability. The IWF was also intended to support the development of a website rating system. Their report was delivered in October and resulted in a number of changes being made to the role and structure of the organisation, and it was relaunched in early , endorsed by the government and the DTI, which played a "facilitating role in its creation", according to a DTI spokesman.

Between and , BT Group introduced its Cleanfeed content blocking system technology [] to implement 'section 97A' [] orders. BT spokesman Jon Carter described Cleanfeed's function as "to block access to illegal Web sites that are listed by the Internet Watch Foundation", and described it as essentially a server hosting a filter that checked requested URLs for Web sites on the IWF list, and returning an error message of "Web site not found" for positive matches.

Moreover, nearly two thirds of the participants did not trust British Telecommunications or the IWF to be responsible for a silent censorship system in the UK. Cleanfeed originally targeted only alleged child sexual abuse content identified by the Internet Watch Foundation.

However, no safeguards exist to stop the secret list of blocked sites being extended to include sites unrelated to child pornography. This had led to criticism of Cleanfeed's lack of transparency which gives it considerable potential for broad censorship.

Further, Cleanfeed has been used to block access to copyright-infringing websites after a court order in required BT to block access to NewzBin2. A statement by the organisation's spokesman alleged that the album cover, displayed in the article, contained "a potentially illegal indecent image of a child under the age of 18". The Google search engine Google Search includes a SafeSearch filter which restricts the content returned by a search.

In December the option to turn the filter off entirely was removed. In July Prime Minister David Cameron called on Internet search engines to "blacklist" certain search terms, so that they would bring up no results. A 'pop-up' warning appears on the UK version of its search engine Bing when searches contravene the blacklist.

Child protection experts, including a former head of the CEOP, have warned that these measures will not help to protect children because most child pornography on the Internet is on hidden networks inaccessible through these search engines. In the UK Ministry of Justice claimed that legislation was needed to reduce the availability of hardcore paedophilic cartoon pornography on the internet, particularly from Japan.

The Coroners and Justice Act sections 62—68 , which came into force on 6 April , [] created an offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland of possession of a prohibited image of a child. A prohibited cartoon image is defined as one which involves a minor in situations which are pornographic and "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character".

The Act makes it illegal to own any picture depicting unders participating in sexual activities, or depictions of sexual activity in the presence of someone under 18 years old. The definition of a "child" in the Act includes depictions of and year-olds who are over the age of consent in the UK, as well as any adults where the "predominant impression conveyed" is of a person under the age of Calls for violent adult pornography sites to be shut down began in , after the murder of Jane Longhurst by Graham Coutts , a man who said he had an obsession with Internet pornography.

In response the government announced plans to crack down on sites depicting rape, strangulation, torture and necrophilia. The passing of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act resulted in the possession of "extreme pornographic images" becoming illegal in England and Wales as of January The law has been criticised for criminalising images where no crime took place in their creation.

There has never been a legal challenge to the law in the UK as the cost of doing so would be beyond most individuals. In in Scotland , a committee of Members of the Scottish Parliament backed a call to ban adult pornography as the Equal Opportunities Committee supported a petition claiming links between porn and sexual crimes and violence against women and children. This was opposed by Feminists Against Censorship. In July David Cameron proposed that pornography which depicts rape including simulations involving consenting adults should become illegal in England and Wales bringing the law in line with that of Scotland.

The verification of customers' ages would be a condition of granting a license. Furthermore, there would be a legal requirement on financial institutions to block the customer payments of unlicensed adult websites. An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Act creates a specific offence in England and Wales of distributing a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress commonly called "revenge porn".

The maximum custodial sentence is two years. The law received Royal Assent and came into effect in February That control is central to domestic violence, which is why we're campaigning for all psychological abuse and coercive control to be criminalised".

In July, Minister of Justice Chris Grayling announced plans to "take appropriate action" to address revenge porn in Britain. R v Walker , sometimes called the "Girls Scream Aloud Obscenity Trial", was the first prosecution for written material under Section 2 1 of the Obscene Publications Act in nearly two decades. The story was a fictional written account describing the kidnap, rape and murder of pop group Girls Aloud.

During the trial the prosecution claimed that the story could be "easily accessed" by young fans of Girls Aloud. However, the defence demonstrated that it could only be located by those specifically searching for such material. As a result, the case was abandoned and the defendant cleared of all charges.

Social media in the United Kingdom are subject to a number of laws which restrict the range of comments that users can make. Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act criminalises sending another any article which is indecent or grossly offensive with an intent to cause distress or anxiety which has been used to prohibit speech of a racist or anti-religious nature.

Section of the Communications Act makes it an offence to send a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character over a public electronic communications network. Revisions to the interim guidelines were issued on 20 June following a public consultation [] and have been updated since then. The fact that existing libel laws apply to Internet publishing was established by the Keith-Smith v Williams case of , but the time limit of one year after publication for libel suits does not apply to Internet publishing because each incidence of material being accessed on the Internet is defined as a new publication.

As a result, many newspapers and journals do not publish controversial material in their on-line archives due to a fear of potential libel suits. With older forms of publishing the media companies themselves had legal responsibility for posts but with social media such as Twitter it is the users and not their online hosts who have legal responsibility.

The UK Ministry of Justice drew up plans in to give such individuals access to cheap low-cost legal recourse but these proposals were never implemented. Exceptions to freedom of speech include prior restraint , restrictions on court reporting including names of victims and evidence and prejudicing or interfering with court proceedings, [] [] prohibition of post-trial interviews with jurors , [] and scandalising the court by criticising or murmuring judges.

The use of social media to comment on a legal case can constitute contempt of court, resulting in the fine of imprisonment of the social media user. This can happen if a trial is seriously prejudiced as a result of a comment, such as a breach of jury confidentiality, resulting in the need for a retrial. For instance, victims of rape and serious sexual offences are entitled as a matter of law to lifelong anonymity in the media under the Sexual Offences Act , even if their name has been given in court.

There have been a number of instances of users of social media being prosecuted for contempt of court. In the R v Evans and McDonald rape trial generated more than 6, tweets, with some people naming his victim on Twitter and other social media websites. Nine people were prosecuted.

This use of social media breached a worldwide injunction that prevented publication of anything that could identify the pair.

In December the Attorney General's Office set up a Twitter account to provide advice to individuals using social media. The advice is intended to help individuals avoid committing contempt of court when commenting on legal cases.

The professional news media routinely receive such advice. On 11 August , following the widespread riots in England , British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Theresa May, the Home secretary, would meet with executives of the Web companies Facebook and Twitter, as well as Research In Motion , maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, to discuss possible measures to prevent troublemakers from using social media and other digital communications tools.

Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organized via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good.

But it can also be used for ill. And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. Critics say that the British government is considering policies similar to those it has criticized in totalitarian and one-party states.

On 25 August British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met privately to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest.

The practice of file sharing constitutes a breach of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act if it is performed without the permission of a copyright holder. Courts in the UK routinely issue injunctions restricting access to file sharing information published on the Internet. The British Phonographic Industry represents the interests of British record companies and along with the British Video Association encourages UK governments to regulate and legislate to reduce copyright infringement.

As a result, the Digital Economy Act was passed in Further legislation has been suggested, such as the proposal for a general law to prevent search engines from returning file-sharing websites as search results. Progress on the implementation of the Act were slow, [] [] and in the end, its measures were never passed by Parliament. The Act had proposed a Code to be drafted by Ofcom and implemented by Parliament, containing provisions restricting the downloading of copyrighted material from the Internet.

Under the Act, warning letters would have been sent to Internet users suspected of downloading copyright-infringing material provided their ISP has more than , customers , and a customer receiving three such letters in one year would be recorded by their service provider and could have been subject to a civil claim by the copyright holder under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act the copyright holder having first sought the subscriber's identity using a court order.

After these provisions have been in force for a year, additional rules could have then been applied, requiring ISPs to reduce the download speed of repeat offenders and in some cases disconnect their Internet supply. The Act originally allowed the Secretary of State to order the blocking of websites which provided material that infringed copyright, although this section was dropped following the successful use of court orders to block websites.

Commentators debate the practicality of such controls and the ability of the UK government to exact control []. It is an established procedure in the UK for rights-holders to use 'Section 97' [] court orders to require ISPs to block copyright-infringing sites.

The practice originated as a result of a court order applied against an incidence of copyright infringement was that taken out by the Motion Picture Association in December at the request of Hollywood studios.

The Association applied for an injunction to block access to NewzBin 2, a site which provided a search service for UseNet content, indexing downloads of copyrighted content including movies and other material shared without permission. The application was lodged against BT, the largest Internet service provider in the United Kingdom with around six million customers.

It required BT to use Cleanfeed to block its customers' access to the site. Subsequent attempts to access the site from a BT IP address were met with the message "Error - site blocked". However, further court orders resulted in Sky blocking access to Newzbin in December [] and Virgin Media blocking access to the site in August In October the first blocking order against trademark infringing consumer goods was passed against the major UK ISPs by Richemont , Cartier International and Montblanc to block several domains.

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British politics portal Internet portal Freedom of speech portal. Retrieved 24 June Starmer, Keir; Weir, Stuart, eds. The Three Pillars of Liberty: Political Rights and Freedoms in the United Kingdom. The Democratic Audit of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 October Entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance". Reporters Without Borders Paris. Archived from the original PDF on 30 October Department for Education and Home Office Press release.

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Best Mother in law after shower video, spying through keyhole I gagged and creampied my 60! YO mother in law K views. Mother in law flashdick cum Retired FBI agents conducted the inspections, and generally arrived with a list of videos whose records they wanted to examine most likely, to avoid potential Fourth Amendment conflicts on issues of probable cause.

According to pornography executives, the agents were always courteous and professional, suggesting changes or modifications to the companies' record-keeping processes. In , the Department of Justice issued regulations that expand the definition of a "secondary producer" of sexually explicit material. As of June 23, , federal regulations apply the record-keeping requirement to secondary producers, and defines them as including anyone who "inserts on a computer site or service a digital image of, or otherwise manages the sexually explicit content of a computer site or service that contains a visual depiction of, an actual human being engaged in actual or simulated sexually explicit conduct.

On October 24, , the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio issued a judgment against the law, ruling it as unconstitutional according to the First Amendment. However, the Sixth Circuit subsequently reheard the case en banc and issued an opinion on February 20, , upholding the constitutionality of the record-keeping requirements, albeit with some dissents.

See the one line denial on page nine of the Supreme Court order list for October 5, In February , Buffnet, a New York Internet Service Provider , pleaded guilty in state court to a misdemeanor count of knowingly providing access to child pornography, after being notified by police of the content and not taking action. The sale or distribution of hardcore pornography through any channel was prohibited until the rules were relaxed in However, pornographic videos sold or distributed legally within the UK must receive a certificate from the British Board of Film Classification BBFC and the rules are still quite strict.

In , internet service providers started the Internet Watch Foundation to watch for pornographic content that is in violation of British law and report it to the police. The web filter Cleanfeed is used by the largest ISP, BT Group , to block sites on the Internet Watch Foundation's list, which include sites that are "criminally obscene " as well as child pornography.

The possession of pornographic images for private use has traditionally not been an offence in the UK. This means that UK citizens have been able to access content on sites overseas without breaking any laws, except for child pornography. This was proposed by the Government after the murder of Jane Longhurst , claiming that such material was viewed by murderer Graham Coutts.

By the end of , access to internet pornography was blocked unless subscribers specifically chose to 'opt out' by contacting their ISP. This was done in an effort to reduce the number of children having access to pornography on the Internet. The plans were criticised as likely to sweep up non-pornographic content, disclose intimate information to the government, and as unwarranted censorship.

This brought a renewed controversy over the banning of depiction of certain sex acts including depictions "physical or verbal abuse", "roleplay as non-adults", urolagnia , and female ejaculation , among others. The Digital Economy Act includes powers to require age-verification for pornographic Internet sites and the government accepted an amendment to allow the regulator to require ISPs to block access to non-compliant sites.

Internet pornography in Australia is subject to a multifaceted regulatory framework. Criminal legislation is in force at the Commonwealth, state and territory levels targeting those involved in the production, dissemination and consumption of illegal internet pornography including online child abuse pornography and online pornography featuring adults portrayed as children.

Under an internet filter, proposed by Senator Stephen Conroy , internet pornography hosted outside Australia classified by the ACMA under the Classification Board legislation will be blocked if such internet pornography is deemed by the AMCA to be refused classification RC , or 'potentially' refused classification. Refused classification RC does include real child abuse internet pornography and bestiality internet pornography, however it may also include content discussing or illustrating examples of internet pornography including both, illegal internet pornography and internet pornography featuring adults portrayed as children which may limit discussion and debate to authorised statutory persons only, rather than open and free public debate.

Criminal legislation is complemented by a further tier of regulation which provides a range of administrative remedies designed to deal with the availability of inappropriate content by removing it from the internet or by blocking access to it.

Established under Schedule 5 to the Broadcasting Services Act , the online content scheme evolved from a tradition of Australian content regulation in broadcasting and other entertainment media. This tradition embodies the principle that — while adults should be free to see, hear and read what they want — children should be protected from material that may be unsuitable for or harmful to them, and everyone should be protected from material that is highly offensive.

The online content scheme seeks to achieve these objectives by a number of means such as complaint investigation processes, government and industry collaboration, and community awareness and empowerment.

A central feature of the online content scheme is the complaints mechanism that allows members of the Australian public to submit complaints to ACMA about offensive and illegal internet content. If prohibited content is hosted in Australia, ACMA will direct the internet content host to remove the content from its service.

If prohibited content is not hosted in Australia, ACMA will notify the content to the suppliers of accredited filters in accordance with the Internet Industry Association's internet content code of practice so that access to that content is blocked for users of those filters.

Between January and June , ACMA received over 5, complaints from the public about offensive and illegal internet content hosted in Australia and overseas, resulting in the removal or blocking of almost 4, individual items of online content. These thresholds form part of the National Classification Scheme which also applies to other forms of media such as publications, films and video games and are agreed by the Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

The thresholds are articulated in a National Classification Code and in Guidelines. In the course of investigating potentially prohibited internet content, ACMA may seek a formal classification decision from the Classification Board, or it may make its own assessment of the content against the National Classification Code and in Guidelines. In summary, the following categories of internet content are prohibited: Such content includes, for example, illegal material such as child sexual abuse material and other highly offensive material such as bestiality.

Such content includes material containing real depictions of actual sexual activity. Such content includes, for example, material containing implied or simulated sexual activity. Finnish law specifically prohibits either real or realistic imagery which sexually depicts children. The illegality thus discludes non-realistic imagery.

The legal situation in Indonesia tightened sharply in with the passing of the Bill against Pornography and Pornoaction. But there have been Indonesian pornographic pay sites with Indonesian nude models that exploit legal loopholes.

Pursuant to the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance Cap , it is an offence to publish an obscene article. Publication covers distribution, circulation, selling, hiring, giving, or lending the obscene article.

Distribution by email would fall within the definition of distribution, as would the placing of an obscene article on a web site. It should also be noted that distribution does not require any element of financial gain to be present.

The definition of article includes "anything consisting of or containing material to be read or looked at or both read and looked at, any sound recording, and any film, video-tape, disc or other record of a picture or pictures. Related cases see Edison Chen photo scandal:.

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Legal status of Internet pornography. Jump to navigation Jump to search. This article has multiple issues. service providers started the Internet Watch Foundation to watch for pornographic content that is in violation of British law and report it to the police. The Independent Getty Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure. The IP Bill passed with little public resistance and it seems the government is relying on this same apathy, combined with a British reluctance to talk about – and admit to watching – pornography, to pass this law.