Repeal the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 and 1964

The Obscene Publications Acts prohibit the production of material likely to "deprave and corrupt" those likely to view it. This is applied to all films being processed by the BBFC, especially pornography.

I would also like to see Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 repealed as it prohibits  'extreme pornography' such as BDSM, bestiality and simulated rape – all of which can be produced with the consent of the participants.

Why is this idea important?

The Obscene Publications Acts prohibit the production of material likely to "deprave and corrupt" those likely to view it. This is applied to all films being processed by the BBFC, especially pornography.

I would also like to see Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 repealed as it prohibits  'extreme pornography' such as BDSM, bestiality and simulated rape – all of which can be produced with the consent of the participants.

Repeal the new law on owning “obscene” material

The recent law banning the owning of so-called "obscene" pornography is an affront to civil liberties and must be repealed.

This new law makes it a criminal offence for anyone to own depictions of sexual acts incorporating violent behaviour or bestiality.  It bans not only photos, but also drawings, cartoons and movies.  In fact, you cannot even cut an "obscene" clip from a lawfully distributed movie and keep it separately.

For instance, in the film "Hostel 2" there is a scene where a woman gets sexual gratification from bathing in the blood of a victim who is suspended from the ceiling, and whose throat she cuts, and then lies underneath while the blood runs onto her body.

The film was certificated and released and is legal to own, but if I were to take a copy just of that scene and store it, I would be breaking the law as the scene involves murder for sexual gratification.  This is clearly ridiculous, as all I have done is to edit a piece of video, and that act alone makes me a criminal.

Also if I were to create, say, a CGI rendition of someone having sex with a donkey, that too would make me a criminal, even though no bestial offence has actually been committed.

What adults look at in their own homes is entirely up to them – as long as no offence has been committed in the creation of the images, and as long as the images don't involve children, there shouldn't be a problem.

Let's drop this utterly pointless law – it's devisive, it's meddlesome, it interferes with people's rights, it's malicious, and it serves no purpose for the public good.  How it ever got passed into law in the first place is beyond my comprehension.

Why is this idea important?

The recent law banning the owning of so-called "obscene" pornography is an affront to civil liberties and must be repealed.

This new law makes it a criminal offence for anyone to own depictions of sexual acts incorporating violent behaviour or bestiality.  It bans not only photos, but also drawings, cartoons and movies.  In fact, you cannot even cut an "obscene" clip from a lawfully distributed movie and keep it separately.

For instance, in the film "Hostel 2" there is a scene where a woman gets sexual gratification from bathing in the blood of a victim who is suspended from the ceiling, and whose throat she cuts, and then lies underneath while the blood runs onto her body.

The film was certificated and released and is legal to own, but if I were to take a copy just of that scene and store it, I would be breaking the law as the scene involves murder for sexual gratification.  This is clearly ridiculous, as all I have done is to edit a piece of video, and that act alone makes me a criminal.

Also if I were to create, say, a CGI rendition of someone having sex with a donkey, that too would make me a criminal, even though no bestial offence has actually been committed.

What adults look at in their own homes is entirely up to them – as long as no offence has been committed in the creation of the images, and as long as the images don't involve children, there shouldn't be a problem.

Let's drop this utterly pointless law – it's devisive, it's meddlesome, it interferes with people's rights, it's malicious, and it serves no purpose for the public good.  How it ever got passed into law in the first place is beyond my comprehension.

Repeal the new law on owning “obscene” material

The recent law banning the owning of so-called "obscene" pornography is an affront to civil liberties and must be repealed.

This new law makes it a criminal offence for anyone to own depictions of sexual acts incorporating violent behaviour or bestiality.  It bans not only photos, but also drawings, cartoons and movies.  In fact, you cannot even cut an "obscene" clip from a lawfully distributed movie and keep it separately.

For instance, in the film "Hostel 2" there is a scene where a woman gets sexual gratification from bathing in the blood of a victim who is suspended from the ceiling, and whose throat she cuts, and then lies underneath while the blood runs onto her body.

The film was certificated and released and is legal to own, but if I were to take a copy just of that scene and store it, I would be breaking the law as the scene involves murder for sexual gratification.  This is clearly ridiculous, as all I have done is to edit a piece of video, and that act alone makes me a criminal.

Also if I were to create, say, a CGI rendition of someone having sex with a donkey, that too would make me a criminal, even though no bestial offence has actually been committed.

What adults look at in their own homes is entirely up to them – as long as no offence has been committed in the creation of the images, and as long as the images don't involve children, there shouldn't be a problem.

Let's drop this utterly pointless law – it's devisive, it's meddlesome, it interferes with people's rights, it's malicious, and it serves no purpose for the public good.  How it ever got passed into law in the first place is beyond my comprehension.

Why is this idea important?

The recent law banning the owning of so-called "obscene" pornography is an affront to civil liberties and must be repealed.

This new law makes it a criminal offence for anyone to own depictions of sexual acts incorporating violent behaviour or bestiality.  It bans not only photos, but also drawings, cartoons and movies.  In fact, you cannot even cut an "obscene" clip from a lawfully distributed movie and keep it separately.

For instance, in the film "Hostel 2" there is a scene where a woman gets sexual gratification from bathing in the blood of a victim who is suspended from the ceiling, and whose throat she cuts, and then lies underneath while the blood runs onto her body.

The film was certificated and released and is legal to own, but if I were to take a copy just of that scene and store it, I would be breaking the law as the scene involves murder for sexual gratification.  This is clearly ridiculous, as all I have done is to edit a piece of video, and that act alone makes me a criminal.

Also if I were to create, say, a CGI rendition of someone having sex with a donkey, that too would make me a criminal, even though no bestial offence has actually been committed.

What adults look at in their own homes is entirely up to them – as long as no offence has been committed in the creation of the images, and as long as the images don't involve children, there shouldn't be a problem.

Let's drop this utterly pointless law – it's devisive, it's meddlesome, it interferes with people's rights, it's malicious, and it serves no purpose for the public good.  How it ever got passed into law in the first place is beyond my comprehension.