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UK Revises Obscenity Laws to Allow Previously Banned Sexual Acts

UK revises law legalising previously banned sexual acts as legal to distribute

Published Thu 31st Jan 2019
By itsAdult / General News

UK Revises Obscenity Laws to Allow Previously Banned Sexual Acts


LONDON — In a landmark victory for adult entertainment, the Crown Prosecution Service today revised its obscenity laws in the U.K.

Fisting, watersports, BDSM and squirting porn are now effectively legal to distribute in the country.

The move by the CPS comes after years of work by campaigners, such as “Obscenity Lawyer” Myles Jackman, who fought for the draconian rules to be abolished.

Jackman told XBIZ today that the concept of "freely exercised consent" is now embedded in English criminal law.

"This is landmark moment for the adult industry in the U.K. and globally as, by embedding the concept of ‘full and freely exercised consent’ in English law, porn producers can produce and distribute content of activities which are legal to perform in the U.K., such as watersports, fisting, squirting, certain types of BDSM, for the first time,” the London-based Jackman said.

“In principle, anything which is legal to consent to doing is now legal to consent to distribute images of, providing the likely audience is over the age of 18. The law has finally caught up with social standards.”

Jackman, the only lawyer in the U.K. who specializes in obscenity law and sexual freedoms, was the defense solicitor in the landmark Michael Peacock and Simon Walsh obscenity trials in the U.K. In the latter trial he was the first acting solicitor allowed to live tweet from a British trial.

Jackman also acts as legal director for the London-based Open Rights Group, a group that focuses on preserving digital rights and freedoms.

A CPS spokesperson said the change to the Obscene Publications Act followed a public consultation.

“It is not for the CPS to decide what is considered good taste or objectionable," the CPS spokesperson said. "We do not propose to bring charges based on material that depicts consensual and legal activity between adults, where no serious harm is caused and the likely audience is over the age of 18.

“The CPS will, however, continue to robustly apply the law to anything which crosses the line into criminal conduct and serious harm.”

The new regulations on obscene publications can be seen here on the CPS website.

Myles won a recognition award at the UKAP Awards 2016 for his work defending the adult industry against ATVOD, censorship issues and sex worker rights

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