Pornography Rules Relaxed in the UK

Pornography Rules Relaxed in the UK

Great news for our friends across the ocean – Pornography rules have been relaxed in the UK.

In 2019, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reviewed their guidelines concerning “obscene” acts in pornography in England and Wales.  These changes can now bring to an end the silliness of saying an act is illegal to show on film but is legal to perform between consenting adults. 

New Pornography Rules Guidelines

Instead of listing a full series of acts which are forbidden, the new guidelines are now much easier to understand.

What the CPS now says is that you are unlikely to be prosecuted for owning or producing pornographic material if certain situations are met. 

  • If the material features consenting adults, where the consent of all parties is made clear,
  • no serious harm is caused, physical or otherwise,
  • If it is not linked to any other form of criminality and,
  • where the likely audience is over 18.

The full guidelines can be seen at www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/obscene-publications

What the new rules mean

Myles Jackman (Obscenity Lawyer), told BBC News: “I have campaigned for this important change to the English criminal law, which has a profound impact for free speech, for over 10 years.”

Acts including urinating or defecating on a person were previously not allowed on R18 films.  The new UK pornography rules means that these can now be shown without fear of prosecution. “It is not for the CPS to decide what is considered good taste or objectionable” it said in a statement.

The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification), were asked for clarification from a DVD distributor and gave this reply.

“We are aware that the CPS have revised their guidance regarding the types of content that are likely to be considered suitable for prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act. We can confirm that we have adjusted our own internal policies to reflect these changes and that our revised policies are now in effect. “

They further went on to say, “In line with the revised CPS Guidance, provided that acts shown in R18 submissions are consensual, legal for adults to perform in the UK and unlikely to cause serious harm, we would not expect to cut them on obscenity grounds.  However, we will of course still intervene with violent, non-consensual activities, in line with the tests set out in our own R18 classification Guidelines and as required by the harm provisions of the Video Recordings Act.  We will also continue to intervene with material that is in breach of any other relevant legislation relating to extreme pornography.”

One of the first R18 DVD releases to take advantage of the relaxing of the guidelines is Fisting and Pissing Action 12, which is available from Erigo.

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