Britain Bans Fetish Porn

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The United Kingdom has succumbed to moral hysteria and banned all possession of what is being called “extreme pornography”, with the law having come into effect on the 26th of January, tacked on to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.

Actually committing many of the acts will remain legal for the time being, although in at least one case possessing photographs of the act actually attracts the same sentence as committing the act itself.

With the proviso that “a reasonable person looking at the image would think that any such person or animal was real”, the following photographic depictions of “grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene” sexual acts are now given similar sentences to what one might receive for violent crime:

(a) an act which threatens a person’s life
(b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals
(c) an act which involves or appears to involve sexual interference with a human corpse
(d) a person performing or appearing to perform an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive)

Clearly, most of these are intended to attack BDSM pornography; the law expressly states that whether the participants are consenting, or the act is clearly staged, is irrelevant. The various qualifications about injury are all interpreted by a judge or jury, which suggests convincing them of the material’s illegality and obscenity will not be challenging.

The bill happily provides examples of what is definitely out: “depictions of hanging, suffocation, or sexual assault involving a threat with a weapon; the insertion of sharp objects into or the mutilation of breasts or genitals.”

Bestiality porn is now completely illegal in the UK, though bizarrely the maximum sentence for actually committing bestiality (which is of course illegal in the UK) is 2 years, the same sentence for possessing photographs of it. Perhaps thinking criminal thoughts is as threatening as the actual acts to the proponents of such legislation?

Another bizarre element of the law is that it provides a defence against conviction for those actually photographed engaged in the acts, if they can prove they “directly participated” (photographers looking on still get jail time).

The maximum sentence is 3 years for bondage porn, 2 for the rest. Those convicted of 2 or more years will find themselves placed on the same sex offender register as rapists and similar.

Aside from the “reality” provisions above, drawn depictions are excluded from the law for now, although it does not take much imagination to see what the next iteration of the law will be targeting. The basis for this law is after all preventing people becoming “depraved”, rather than acting in defence of any “victims”, so it is no leap to extend it even further.

The background to the law is that a madman with a substantial collection of fetish porn strangled to death a women for his perverse gratification. Her vengeful mother then launched a moral crusade against the evils of Internet porn (with non-existent “snuff” porn being trotted out to prove their point), which nobody save SM maniacs bothered to oppose.

With the help of a truck driver cum Labour MP, Martin Salter, evidently keen to burnish his anti-porn feminist credentials, the law was promoted as being targeted against “extreme internet sites promoting violence against women in the name of sexual gratification”.

He has this to say:

“No-one is stopping people doing weird stuff to each other but they would be strongly advised not to put it on the internet.”

“At the end of the day it is all too easy for this stuff to trigger an unbalanced mind.”

“These snuff movies and other stuff are seriously disturbing. Many police officers who have to view it as part of their job have to undergo psychological counselling.”

“It simply plugs a hole in the law because the Obscene Publications Act is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard as far as the internet is concerned. This new law is designed to meet the challenge of the internet.”

As they discovered it was difficult to ban the “stuff” in such bastions of liberty as the USA, they opted instead to criminalise the people viewing the sites.

Since the British people have no real rights other than those agreed upon by a hall full of rowdy politicians and another populated by appointed favourites of the ruling party, the act passed into law without much difficulty.

Predictably, this is of great interest to Wikipedians. You can find the details collated in some detail on Wikipedia.

The UK’s inexorable slide into becoming a second-rate police state continues; successive leftist governments have shown nary a concern for civil liberties in imposing an increasingly intrusive surveillance society on the British Isles, with cameras even reaching into the classroom, and lately have taken to increasingly moralistic pandering and other illiberal policies, perhaps to distract from their inept economic stewardship.

With an electorate whose only abiding concern appears to be house prices, and a set of “fundamental rights” guaranteed by the EU which are incapable of defending even the most basic freedom of expression, the formerly liberal nature of the UK appears to be giving way to pure democracy, a terrifying prospect if ever there were one.


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    Comment by LoliHat
    10:53 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about supporting Max Mosley for PM?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “At the end of the day it is all too easy for this stuff to trigger an unbalanced mind.”

    I'm not into any of this stuff, but I won't consider the things said in this article anything less than bullshit until they've done documented experiments with the extraneous variables listed that PROVE that watching any sort of pornography will make you more likely to commit a crime than any other individual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except for the crime of replication for which only the most dumb of people can be found guilty for you won't find much then I guess.

    And even the most stupid humans know how to replicate without having to check out porn...

    Comment by Hito_chan
    07:28 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's laws like this that make me hate this country, yet sadly I have no way to get out of here in the foreseeable future.

    I'm just waiting for them to finish with the anti-loli law they're going to bring in in a few years time, that's going to cause me some SERIOUS problems -.-

    Comment by Chris
    14:11 23/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://wgrajna.net/uploads/23-03-2009-2843.png

    Don't worry about it bro

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Come to the third world, all the illegal is okey here.
    Underage, lolicon, BDSM, piracy(dvd, games, music), and more...
    Is good to live in the chaos xD
    come visit us, we have the best of the ilegal for you xD

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    Comment by Geerie
    11:23 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah unfortunately interpol can bust you no matter where you are. other than that its fine. (i found out higherups in the un however are immune to the law in foreign countries. any crime they commit is overlooked on their part even child molestation. go figure the guys put in charge to protect third world children are the ones allowed to hurt them.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 09/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    stop your fibbing degenerate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is nothing to do with the tyranny of the majority, it's simply a way of increasing the likelihood superfluous parts of the population can be arrested. The more means the state has to lock people up, the better.

    Comment by dodgethis
    12:20 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bah, someone beat me to mentioning Max Mosley.

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    Comment by ZippyDSMlee
    11:56 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    last I checked Australia already bans some/most porn and they also ban some video games, you can't even import them.

    The UK needs to get a clue and the BBFC stop turning tis nose up to media rate it already and get your hand out of your bum...

    Comment by i386
    04:25 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    logic+british=3

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    Comment by Shuu
    03:33 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is part of the FAQ made available by the Ministry of Justice regarding the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act in question:

    "I have heard that the new legislation is aimed at the Bondage, Domination and Sado Masochism (BDSM) community and will criminalise many millions of people. Is this true?
    No. The new legislation is not directed at any particular group and will only catch a subset of material which is already illegal to publish or distribute under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (OPA). BDSM material which is legally available under the OPA and used by the BDSM community should not be caught by the new offence."

    Too bad the wording of the law also supports a lot of other interpretations. Also, some secretary of the British Home Office admitted during some radio show that pressure by the church and feminist groups is the reason why the law exists in the first place, and also why it has passed despite the flak it got.

    With the insane amount of stupid legislation like this going on all over the globe lately, the world is running out of places where people who still care about their freedom can run to. I can't believe we really go back to the dark ages. How could it turn out like this?
    ;_;

    Comment by Fonzer
    04:48 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    feminists again?
    Where the fuck is this going?
    Everything i read lately seems to be influenced by femenists and absoluty nothing against them,it's all against men.

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    Comment by Shuu
    06:14 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be more precise, the actual trigger for the campaign which finally resulted in this ban is the case of Jane Longhurst, who was murdered by a man who apparently visited sites catering for necrophilia and asphyxiation fetishists. Her mother then started lobbying against all violent porn, as it obviously is the source of all evil. Naturally, she immediately found support from various feminist and anti-pornography movements. It was their working that the bill passed despite getting predominantly negative feedback in the various public consultations and the fact that it (they even acknowledge this!!!) lacks any scientific basis.

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    Comment by Shuu
    06:37 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oops, just remembered that this was already covered in the article...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet more examples of bureaucrats legislating morality to pander to the idiot masses who don't realise they are cheering on the shift to totalitarianism.

    Comment by Mechwarrior
    06:12 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If taken loosely also bans Batman, Punisher Max, Squadron Supreme, Watchmen, Ghostrider, Judge Dread, Battle Angel Alita and various other graphic novels. Way to go Brits! You're just one step above China now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The formerly liberal nature of the UK appears to be giving way to pure democracy, a terrifying prospect if ever there were one"
    Here, here! ... God help us all ... here in the UK at least. lol

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    Comment by twin blades
    13:41 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and im pruod to be an american where at least i know i can look at fetish porn god bless the usaaaa!

    Comment by lelouch11
    09:22 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they still banned loli....that doesnt make sense,shouldave put "no animeted girls were hurt in the drawing of this manga" at the end....dude seriously thats messed up all over the world with the porn bannings (except the REAL underage pornography ban,all other bans are just hate crimes because no1 got hurt from them)

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    Comment by takarada
    07:02 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The loony left has complete control of the UK and has really screwed that country

    The left has to be stopped or this poison will spread all over the world

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    Comment by lordchair
    07:02 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a fantastically well-written article. Props to Artefact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 11/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The USA a bastion of liberty!? Only relatively speaking but don't think for one minute that animal sex pics are legal in Illinois for example. And any picture of a nude under 18 years old will get you up to 20 years in prison. Bastion of liberty my ass...

    Comment by Guy Fawkes
    04:22 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every email one of the worst pictures you saved from goatse to the Queen! HA!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is, I love porn, and some of this stuff, but I didn't even know it was illegal??

    I live in the UK, so I've been breaking the law for however long with out even knowing it!

    Not only is it completely unfair, it's scary! I could go to prison for this stuff if I was caught!

    Thanks Britain, now I've got to move away!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 15/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    America is even more better than Britan now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are websites like this legal to visit from the UK?

    http://www.patches.net/page/Home.php

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 11/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So... you cant watch people do illegal sex acts in porn? Where else can you? Everyone will turn to raep. Like every other porn ban. I uh.. need to see if that video is illegal! I uh... need to seize it! heh... im the only one who thinks im funny. I dont have a name so nobody remembers me anyways!

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    Comment by mark
    14:58 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am now seriously considering those that get their nipple/cagina/penis pierced would be against this.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Only if it was photographed by someone else?

    Comment by Kazaki
    11:49 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys, guys. America isn't going to go through this...America is all for porn. I'm suprised they banned lolicon here, but I guess that is an exception. Without good porn, America would probably collapse. But good porn differs with each person, for I don't really care for bondage...

    Comment by lelouch11
    09:13 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF is going on with the world ?what happened to all the free speach ? democracy? protection of minority rights?

    those ppl cant help having fetishes and loving that crap! they are a minority and are crushed by the majority of normal ppl (including the fetish hating nazi that came up with that inqisition style ban!)

    theres nothing wrong moraly with fetishes(except that its totally "ok...wtf?!")

    that ban is madness , what next? were gona burn muslims next? hang gay ppl? ban anything else we dont like in the world???

    Comment by Gumball
    22:01 21/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw you guys! I'm going to international waters!!

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    Comment by Farmd0g
    05:14 10/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It might be interesting to wonder if images like the one at

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bearly_Decent_Bill_Drea_Bear-1980-82.jpg

    would become illegal. It just looks silly to me but perhaps a British judge would find it arousing.

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    Comment by t//B
    03:00 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see how this law is at all enforceable... Unless say, someone in your household catches you and reports you.

    Are they going to start installing bugs in their citizens' computers just to catch them watching BDSM? I don't think they can do that under privacy laws, can they?

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    Comment by Geerie
    11:34 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you can be reported by your family. ive seen it happen before theres a thing out midwest called something like porn and pancakes. its not as fun as it sounds. mostly wives saying their husbands have an addiction to pornography and they send them to some kind of rehab. i could see a wife sending her husband to jail to "help him through his problem". happens to drug addicts all time. if its not socially acceptable its wrong in every way possible.

    tl:dr your family could report you.

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    Comment by Artefact

    In the UK (and EU) they already monitor all Internet traffic and ISPs must keep logs for a long period of time.

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    Comment by t//B
    00:43 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow. Ok, thanks for the clarification..

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    Comment by Halconnen
    05:58 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In addition, Germany got a law passed that allows the government to utilize trojans to monitor the computers of suspicious people.

    Comment by sage
    15:44 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I generally disagree with this from several standpoints (the penalties in particular, plus even though animals aren't my cup of tea either, I wouldn't put that on the same pedestal as the other three offences).

    But you must admit, at least it restricts it to "reality", so you can keep your doujins. And at least it's fairly specific. God damn if there were vague wording in it.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Given that the UK and other countries with such laws do not discriminate against 2D and 3D, it seems only to be a matter of time. Especially considering there is much more extreme 2D material available.

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    Comment by gonzomehum
    16:58 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A problem that's fairly easy to circumvent, though. The Onion Router's long been established as a means for underground journalists to bypass government filters, and the security-minded to avoid easy detection. They have to prove that you own the material they're charging with, and if even your ISP can't...

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    Comment by Essedus
    15:24 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There were sick people doing sick (non consensual) stuff waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before internet porn came along.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    social engineering at its finest...

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    Comment by Jarmel
    15:14 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wtf am I going to do with my baby eating porn or the one where the woman gets gang raped on the stairs? Beastality was a decent way to burn time till the real heavy stuff came out. NOOOO

    Comment by kareal
    17:10 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if I take a picture of a deathly pale girl who gets stuck/tied up accidentally by a jump rope while I pure chocolate on her genitals and breasts and in the mean time a dog watches from a few paces away gets a boner

    do I go to jail in UK?

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    Comment by Miroku74
    05:11 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only if the dog started humping the girl while you were taking the pictures.

    You sick, sick fuck.

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    Comment by CC
    18:49 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, if the dog goes to the police and reports your ass. (him having a boner would be irrelevant)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the dog part was supposed to mean beastiality thats y it had a boner, if it wasnt sexually involved kareal wouldnt have mentioned it






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