Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008
It refers to pornography, defined as an image "of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal", which is "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character", and portrays any of the following:
- (a) an act which threatens a person’s life, (etc…)
This Act was imposed because of a single controversial murder case, and has never been used.
Its intention is to punish sexual arousal as such- see the clause I made bold above. Sexual arousal is at root a state of mind. The Act abolishes the right to free thought and opinion. It seeks to tell us what we are and are not lawfully entitled to enjoy sexually.
This is none of the Law's business.
All human activity carries some risk of death. So the Act makes all images of people contraband, according solely to whether or not a third party (not the owner nor the producer of the image,) deems them sexually arousing.
This is a gross corruption of criminal culpability.
The Act makes a crime out of an opinion. It is incomprehensible and thus impossible in practice to obey. It is intrusive and could not be enforced without the commission of great injustices on the citizenry. If it were fully enforced, every person in the country could be liable for 3 years' jail.