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Porn laws – is it legal, is it right?

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Porn laws – is it legal, is it right?

The rights and wrongs of watching porn. Which porn is legal and which isn’t.

This piece is about porn, the law and right and wrong. Firstly I’ll start with some relevant laws about watching porn in the UK. Then we’ll look at some different situations where you can decide whether something is legal and whether it is ‘right’.

What porn is legal?
WHAT PORN IS LEGAL

In the UK it is legal to look at porn so long as it does not feature: under 18s, sex with animals, torture, scenes of rape or sexual assault or violent scenes which are life threatening or likely to cause serious harm (the last two were tested in court in August 2012 ).

Porn that is made, and made available, in the US has to be certified that all persons were over 18 at the time it was made (known as 2257 information).

Porn can be shown on UK TV after 9pm so long as it does not show erect penises or close ups of genitals.

The legal age is 18 to buy porn magazines or videos: most porn websites try to prevent under 18s from accessing them, either through charging with a credit card or by a disclaimer on the front page.

Young people under 18 who film or take sexual pictures of each other can be charged with child porn offences, even if they both agreed to it. See my piece about sexting here

If someone makes a sex tape or photographs then they have copyright over the tape, so they can probably  do whatever they want with it (share on the internet for instance), unless anyone in the video or image was not aware they were involved. So someone featuring in a sex tape that was made by someone else can use the legal process to have images taken off the internet, however this can be very difficult.

It can also illegal to watch porn with someone under 18 (even they are both under 18 and both wanted to watch it), this is intended to prevent abuse of children and young people.

Is it right to watch porn?

IS PORN RIGHT

So that is the law, however just because something is legal doesn’t necessarily make it right. Also you might think that some things which are not legal are ok. Give your brain muscle a work out over these situations. Your call, I’m not going to tell you what to think!

0 A 36 year old family friend invites a 16 year old to sit down and watch porn.

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0 A 19 year old shows his friends a naked picture of his 18 year old partner.

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0 A 14 year old watching free porn on the internet.

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0 A 17 year old takes a picture of her breasts and sends to her 18 year old boyfriend.

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0 A 15 year old showing a porn image to a classmate suggesting they do what’s in the picture.

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0 Downloading a porn clip that someone else has uploaded illegally.

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0 Looking at pictures of someone who stopped sexy modelling after saying she was exploited by people in the industry.

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© Justin Hancock, 2015

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