This is obviously great news for anybody from the UK because, not to put too fine a point on it, most of the videos being discussed over on the producers parts of this forum would have been hovering in a very dicey area by UK standards until this ruling. That's not to say you'd have gone to jail for owning or producing them, or been convicted, the juries in this country were usually way more understanding than the prosecutors would like them to be, but nobody likes to be charged and have to defend their porn stash in a court of law.Pornography produced by consenting adults engaging in legal acts will no longer be prosecuted under Britain’s historic obscenity laws, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
The Obscene Publications Act dates back to 1959 and is designed to protect the public from material that could “deprave and corrupt” their minds. The law was famously invoked in the unsuccessful prosecution of DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover but in recent years has been largely used in cases involving pornography.
However, juries have increasingly taken a liberal view on whether material is likely to corrupt the minds of the British public, making it difficult for the authorities to achieve a successful prosecution. In 2012 a jury cleared “Sleazy” Michael Peacock after a landmark case during which the court watched hours of DVDs featuring consensual male fisting, urination and BDSM activities before concluding they did not find it obscene.
A CPS spokesperson confirmed the change, which followed a public consultation: “It is not for the CPS to decide what is considered good taste or objectionable. We do not propose to bring charges based on material that depicts consensual and legal activity between adults, where no serious harm is caused and the likely audience is over the age of 18.
“The CPS will, however, continue to robustly apply the law to anything which crosses the line into criminal conduct and serious harm.”
Myles Jackman, a solicitor who specialises in obscenity cases and has campaigned for the law to be changed, welcomed the announcement. “In free speech and privacy terms, these changes represent the most significant public changes of attitude by an institution of the state towards consensual adult sexual content since the Wolfenden report in 1957,” he said.
So this is a really good day. I mean the government are still trying to snoop on everybody, they're still trying to fuck with folks in general, but at least this means that kink and porn no longer exist in a legal grey area for producers.
The key paragraph is this:
“In principle, anything which is legal to consent to doing is now legal to consent to distribute images of, providing the likely audience is over the age of 18. The law has finally caught up with social standards.”