Tag: censorship

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House of Lords briefing on the Digital Economy Bill

Digital Economy Bill Briefing on Section 3: Age verification for online pornography The age verification section of the Digital Economy Bill proposes a technological response to a complex social issue. The policy raises serious concerns regarding loss of personal privacy; increased risk of credit card fraud and identity theft; increased …read more →

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Itziar Urrutia, aka Ms Tytania: Sexual Freedom Award winner

“One person sticking out in the crowd is a lone, ranting lunatic; two are a movement.” – Anon. On November 9th, I was presented with the Sex Worker of the Year Award, at the 2015 Sexual Freedom Awards ceremony. You can find out more abut the Awards’ history and also, …read more →

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Bondage bears on UK video censorship

Bondage bears on UK video censorship, video by our supporters Hywel Phillips and Ariel Anderssen.

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Lord Chief Justice Thomas mistaken: Internet porn does not turn people into murderers

Lord Thomas has claimed that Internet pornography was ‘a contributing factor in one of the most gruesome murder cases he had to rule on last year’ (see also the Daily Telegraph). As someone who has to sit in judgement over some of the worst offences committed in the United Kingdom, …read more →

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Opposition to censorship from left to right and everywhere else

“Currently, the BBFC bans video featuring female ejaculation. It seems ludicrous that in 2014, we could be criminalising people who record and distribute video of a healthy anatomical event” – D H Kelly, The F Word “Why anyone in their right mind would hand any more power to the state …read more →

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New powers to censor digital media are a threat to free expression

Backlash launches challenge against attempt to shut down British websites with adult content Today, the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014(1), a new law governing online media, comes into force in the UK. Backlash(2) will challenge the legality of this new regulation as a new threat to free expression. The law …read more →

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On Cultural Harm and Pornographic Diversity

Jude Roberts has a significant post on the problematic concept of ‘cultural harm’, which is frequently used as a justification for censoring pornography, especially in the absence of evidence that pornography is associated with more concrete harms against people. Part of her argument links ‘cultural harm’ to the disproportionate focus of …read more →

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Independent: Web dominatrix wins David and Goliath battle with regulators

A dominatrix whose website provides paid-for bondage and sadomasochistic content has won her David-and-Goliath battle against a quango’s attempts to regulate her site in the same way as ITV Player. Lawyers representing Ms Itziar Bilbao Urrutia, who runs the website The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell (UCSC), declared the ruling “a …read more →

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Dominatrix beats online video regulator into submission

MEDIA INFORMATION: IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 August 2014 DOMINATRIX BEATS ONLINE VIDEO REGULATOR INTO SUBMISSION Ofcom spanks its internet video agency, ATVOD, for treating a small independent erotic website like a competitor to TV. A dominatrix and performance artist dealt a blow to the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) this …read more →

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Backlash’s Moral Panic Film Club

Join us in an evening of disgust and moral panic to raise funds to support Backlash UK’s academic, legal and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression. On Friday February 7th, 2014, we are holding a night of previously banned or heavily edited films, talks, open discussion and music. All …read more →