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November 29th, 2005
12:20 pm


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Date:November 30th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
I think the problem is both that the intent for which it was produced matters, and that mere possession will be a crime.

I mean, if this was targetted at producers/distributers, then you could say that it mattered whether they intended it to be for sexual purposes. It may be hard to prove in some cases, but it's something that could conceivably be proven, eg, being hosted on what is obviously a porn site.

However, if it ends up on my hard disk, should I be prosecuted because it was produced with sexual intent, even if I don't find it sexually a turn on, and indeed perhaps I have no idea that it was meant as porn?

Alternatively, if I make some graphic violent film that I have no intent of being perceived as sexual, but it ends up being circulated in some porn ring, am I as the producer guilty?

Unlike "normal" porn where there is the obvious distinction that porn has people actually having sex in it, the "extreme" violent stuff can be a turn on without having anything which would normally be considered sexual in it, so it seems hard to know how they can define the difference. It's a bit like trying to outlaw fetishes - almost by definition, these are things which aren't normally considered sexual.
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