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Blocking Content in the UK. Censorship or Populous Protection?

Dec 10, 2008, 03:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lane)

"The IWF manages a filter list that British ISPs utilize voluntarily (I think -- it is hard to get a handle on it) that block access to "illegal" content. In this case, the IWF says that this album cover and associated text is "potentially illegal child sexual abuse image."

"The album is a 30 year old recording by the Scorpions called "Virgin Killer." The album, released before the 1978 Protection of Children Act has already been modified once because the band was notified it might violate laws in some countries.

"Wikipedia is upset because this is the first case where content on its site has been blocked in the UK and it feels it is being unfairly targeted because the album cover was still available as part of the band's box set and could be viewed on retail websites and When [Wikipedia] asked the Internet Watch Foundation why they blocked Wikipedia and not Amazon, apparently the decision was 'pragmatic', which we think means that Amazon had money and would sue them, whereas we're an educational charity."

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