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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 7:55 pm 
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... at least if this proposed legislation goes through. 3 years for possessing sexual or erotic cartoons, when the age of the participants is usually indeterminate?

Computer generated abuse 'banned'

The Ministry of Justice said some people may be circumventing the law
Drawings and computer-generated images of child sex abuse would be made illegal under proposals announced by Justice Minister Maria Eagle.

Owners of such images would face up to three years in prison under the plans.

The Obscene Publications Act makes it illegal to sell or distribute photos of child abuse but it is legal to own drawings and computer-generated images.

Ms Eagle said the proposed move would "help close a loophole that we believe paedophiles are using".

The plans are part of the government's response to a public consultation exercise carried out last year.

If we do not address the issues these images raise now it is likely their availability will continue to grow

Ministry of Justice

The government has acknowledged that paedophiles may be circumventing the law by using computer technology to manipulate real photographs or videos of abuse into drawings or cartoons.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said the authorities had "noticed an increase in the existing availability of these images on the internet".

She said: "If we do not address the issues these images raise now it is likely their availability will continue to grow.

"They are often advertised as a legitimate depiction of child sexual abuse."

'Unacceptable' images

The spokeswoman said police and child welfare groups had expressed concern at the "growing increase in availability of these depictions of child sexual abuse".

Ms Eagle said the plans were "not about criminalising art or pornographic cartoons more generally, but about targeting obscene, and often very realistic, images of child sexual abuse which have no place in our society".

Shaun Kelly, safeguarding manager for children's charity NCH, said the proposals were a step in the right direction.

He said: "This is a welcome announcement which makes a clear statement that drawings or computer-generated images of child abuse are as unacceptable as a photograph.

"It adds to the range of measures to help ensure the safeguarding of children and young people."

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) works to track down paedophiles and identify children via online images. It welcomed the move.

"We are positive that there is a need to clarify this position in law and believe that people actively seeking out, creating or sharing images of young children being abused represent a potentially significant risk. We are therefore committed to further engage with the Ministry Of Justice to ensure the most effective measures possible are implemented," said Ceop chief executive Jim Gamble.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7422595.stm

Together with the recent Dangerous Pictures Act this adds another twist to the censorious screw. In the case of the latter, making illegal the possession of representations of certain staged acts which are entirely legal to act out in pretence in real life is, to say the least, a little strange. And how one is going to judge the 'real' age of cartoon characters will be challenging. Do we get cartoon birth certificates? Despite the disavowal of intent quoted above, we all know how catch-all anti obscenity laws, characteristically based around shifting community standards, are soon used in every situation the police think they can have a try at..

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:09 pm 
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This from an excellent comment on the recent Orwellian legislation, from the Index on Censorship..


"Thanks to the government’s mulish insistence — again, flying smack in the face of a great deal of expert opinion which it received — on including ‘explicit and realistic’ portrayals of certain acts within the remit of the legislation, the possession of certain entirely fictional feature films is now set to become a criminal offence. Films classified by the British Board of Film Classification are exempt from the act, but there is a huge range of unclassified material available from abroad on DVD at the click of a mouse. Particularly at risk, of course, are films which include both real sex and simulated violence. Examples which immediately spring to mind are Joe d’Amato’s Emanuelle in America (1977) and Emanuelle Around the World (1977), the hardcore version of Tinto Brass’s Caligula (1979), Oswaldo de Oliveira’s Bare Behind Bars (1980), many of the films of Jess Franco, and indeed whole swathes of European horror, crime and sex films which took advantage of relaxed censorship regimes in countries such as Italy and Spain from the late 1970s onwards. The fact that DVDs of these movies are easily available not simply from specialist dealers but from Amazon.com, hardly a sink of depravity, is the clearest possible indication that the standards of acceptability which this government is attempting to impose on British subjects are simply wildly out of kilter with much of the democratic world.... "




http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=435

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