The U.K. Crackdown on Porn – And Why It Hurts Independent Producers

The U.K. Crackdown on Porn – And Why It Hurts Independent Producers

An excellent take on the U.K.’s censorship fiasco from Filmmaker Magazine, noting the disproportionate harm to independent producers —

If Britain’s recently enacted legislation – specifically, the Brazil-sounding Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 – wasn’t on your radar, you can be forgiven. As an American it wasn’t on mine either. Basically, this is an amendment to the U.K.’s 2003 Communications Act, which now requires that those producing online porn in the U.K. must come under the same BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) scrutiny as those producing DVDs for the sex shop market. Innocuous enough, right?

The U.K. Crackdown on Porn – And Why It Hurts Independent Producers
The new law is anti-indie production, because the niche markets being targeted are filled by majority-female, small independent producers

Problem is, this new law bans British porn producers from depicting a variety of fairly ordinary BDSM practices. Among the list of over a dozen no-no’s: spanking, physical or verbal abuse, role playing as non-adults, physical restraint, humiliation – no matter if any of this is shown as consensual….

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