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UK Virtual Child Porn Ban Takes Effect on Tuesday

posted on 2010-04-07 00:19 EDT

A piece of legislation known as the Coroners and Justice Act, which extends the law against possession of child pornography to include non‑photographic images, took effect in the United Kingdom on April 6. The legislation was originally proposed in the British Parliament in March 2009. The legislation then moved to the House of Lords in Parliament in the same month.

The act makes it illegal to possess non-real, non-photographic images that are pornographic, "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character," as well as possessing an image that portrays a range of sexual acts "with or in the presence of a child."

Critics of the bill include the Comic Book Alliance which was co-founded by Leah Moore, the daughter of Watchmen graphic novel writer Alan Moore. The critics say that the bill would outlaw such works as Alan Moore's The Lost Girls comic.

Thanks to Alex Dymock of Backlash UK for the news tip.

Source: The Register


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