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Obscenity Laws Relaxed?

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In January the CPS pursued a prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act against a gay man, Michael Peacock, who had sold dvds which included scenes of fisting, urophilia and BDSM . The case held at Southwark Crown Court resulted in the acquittal of Mr Peacock on all counts:-

http://lawjusticejournalism.org/2012/01/13/r-v-peacock-landmark-trial-redefines-obscenity-law/#more-226

Full details are given above.

R18 videos of British ladies have long avoided these sort of scenarios; indeed those submitted to the British Board of Film Control have had to have such scenes "cut" before issue. However since the ruling there already seems to have been issues of "fisting " videos of UK models that were unavailable before; notably the Real British Fisting Babes and Extreme Mothers series. It seems likely that we can expect more of the same in the future as UK film makers stretch incredibility (and several other things) to new levels.

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Don't cheer too soon!!...... Whilst this ‘landmark’ verdict seems to be an enlightened view of the distribution of pornographic material and is to be welcomed, it does seem to me to leave the law in a very confused state.

So Peacock was prosecuted under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act for distributing obscene DVDs, the content of which included (and I quote) "fisting (the insertion of five fingers of the fist into the rectum of another male); urolagnia (men urinating in their clothes, onto each others’ bodies and drinking urine; aka ‘golden showers’); and BDSM (in this case hard whipping, the insertion of needles and urethral sounds, electrical ‘torture,’ staged kidnapping and rape, whipping, as well as smacking of saline-injected scrotums)." However, we also have the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 which came into law in January 2009 and makes it an offence to possess pornographic images that depict acts which threaten a person's life, acts which result in or are likely to result in serious injury to a person's anus, breasts or genitals, bestiality or necrophilia. This law puts the onus on the receiver rather than the distributor and, as the article says, prosecutions using it are on the up – from 213 in 2009-10 to 995 in 2010-11 – although, strangely, almost exclusively for pornography relating to bestiality!

So, what the law giveth with the left hand it taketh away with the right!

Edited by Calynx

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So, what the law giveth with the left hand it taketh away with the right!

Yeees, but....

what you've forgotten is the twelve passengers on the Clapham omnibus!

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Yeees, but....

what you've forgotten is the twelve passengers on the Clapham omnibus!

Have you travelled on the Clapham omnibus recently (a number 35, I believe)? Do they look reasonable?........

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Have you travelled on the Clapham omnibus recently (a number 35, I believe)? Do they look reasonable?........

Obviously reasonable as they found Mr Peacock not guilty! I don't expect that dvds featuring bestiality, necrophilia and forced practices will become available. However it is clear that consensual fisting and water sports dvds will become much more readily obtainable.

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