The law itself appears to ban publication rather then manufacture - its therefore down to the definition of what is shown in the image as defined in the Video Recordings Act 1984
'Interpretation of terms.
(1)The provisions of this section shall have effect for the interpretation of terms used in this Act. (2)“Video work” means any series of visual images (with or without sound)— (a)produced electronically by the use of information contained on any disc F1. . . magnetic tape [F2or any other device capable of storing data electronically], '
this latest legislation extends the law to cover 'the internet' in addition to any recorded media.
From what I can tell it applies to video so that it is in-line with R18 BBFC classifications on discs that can be bought in sex shops. The BBFC, who set the guidelines and ATVOD enforce them are both video/film oriented organisations, their rules/regulations don't apply to still images.
I wondered when someone was going to bring this up.
It is odd when you think so MP's and scandal, you pictures one tied up and gagged, and with a femdom miss whiplash and yet now, to produce and host media such as this in the UK s is illegal.
There has been a complete lack of thought into this. The government want to ban porn, possibly because it is an unregulated industry, where it is very hard to track and tax. Many people make a living from it (not always through choice) and regardless if it is soft or hard, the bans hit hard on imagery where the female performers are mainly involved, the ban list doesn’t really float my boat, but I feel that if the ban enough of what female performers and models can do, it is the first best step they can take to stamp it out completely.
I have spoken to a few people this week, a few have quit, and few are now moving away from the UK and a few have decide to fight. And I talking mainly about the guys who produce, good, clean and tasteful bondage images and video. This law does affect me, as everything I do is outside the UK, but non e the less it has made me angry
Personally, I don't see what the fuss is about as in my view the internet should be no different from the cinema theatre or the sex shop and it should not be pretty much completely unregulated in the way it has been for much of its existence.
He (or more likely the distribution company) would just seek classification for the film before putting it out.
Indeed so an artist would seek permission of a civil servant who .... (and knowing a good few civil servants) I think they would pay it safe and say no.
Whatever you think of the artistic merits of Dr No it may/would be either censored or self censored.
Smaller companies not having the gravitas of a James Bond Production would most likely be expected to self censor.
However the main protests appear to be coming from Feminist groups, also 3 MPs are said to be wanting to debate the amendment with a view to changing if not removing it.
The addition of the list is not simply the extending the law on DVDs to cover the internet, its much more pernicious, as was the method of the lists introduction which was un-debated and 'well managed'.
Too late for Max Mosley who might be spared the blushes from UK distributers. One wonders if this law was brought in to protect MPs private kinky videos being released from within the UK so close to the General Erection next year. Notice it does not stop videos of this nature that came from overseas.