London’s Porn Filmmakers Are Getting Screwed—by the Government

Filmmakers at the inaugural London Porn Film Festival sound off on the Digital Economy Bill.

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Apr 26 2017, 5:07pm

Pornography is a taboo subject that is currently being debated by British parliament, in an effort to protect children from viewing porn online by restricting platforms and the type of material available.

Introduced last year, the Digital Economy Bill (DEB) requires pornographic sites to include an age verification system of 18 and older and remove any material that's deemed 'extreme' by the 2008 Criminal Justice and Immigration Act (CJIA), according to the bill's latest amendments.

It's not entirely without merit: Easy access to adult entertainment online is believed to create unrealistic standards of sex, as highlighted in a 2016 report by Middlesex University which found that 53 percent of 11 to16-year-old boys felt that the porn they watched online was an accurate portrayal of the real thing. 87 percent said that these images failed to provide them with an understanding of consent.

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