Category Archives: Pornography

The case for age verification for pornography sites

Judging by the number of emails and phone calls I am getting, around the world there is growing interest in what the UK is doing  to reduce the possibility of children being exposed to pornographic web sites. In particular people … Continue reading

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The next step is taken

Today the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) issued its long-awaited consultation document in which it sets out its thoughts and proposals in relation to those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 that require commercial pornography web sites to … Continue reading

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The journey begins – officially

The UK Government has confirmed its long-declared intention to make the BBFC the Regulator for those parts of the DEA 2017 which concern commercial publishers of pornography. They will have to introduce robust age verification if they want to carry … Continue reading

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Stuck in a time warp

Yesterday in the US Senate the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on a proposed amendment to s. 230 of the ironically named Communications Decency Act (CDA) – the shield behind which Backpage indecently hid for years. I will … Continue reading

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Impotence in the face of complexity?

As a service to my readers at the end of this blog I reproduce the full text of s.230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996 (CDA). All the bold and italics have been put there by me for emphasis. Count … Continue reading

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When the law fails

Is it possible to discuss the internet as if it was an experiment? Can we look at some or all of it or are we to believe that, for example, when the Communications Decency Act 1996 (CDA) was passed by … Continue reading

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As I would have said….

Yesterday I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “World at One”, the current affairs lunchtime slot. If you download the podcast you’ll find the interview starts at 36 minutes and 55 seconds. Why was there a story in the first place? That … Continue reading

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