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SEX SHOPS - Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. Any shop selling a 'significant degree' of sex articles has to obtain a licence from the local authority. Licenced sex shops are the only retail outlets allowed to sell or hire the most explicit 'R18' videos. This includes sex cinemas.

IMAGES IN A PUBLIC PLACE - Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981. This restricts what can be seen in a public place, e.g., magazine covers, videos, window displays etc.

FILMS - Cinemas Act 1985. Local authorities have to licence any cinemas in their area to approve films shown. Most authorities accept the classification of the BBFC, which acts as a self-regulating body.

VIDEOS - Video Recordings Act 1984. The BBFC also classifies videos and refuses those on grounds of violence or pornographic content, or demands cuts before giving permission. The Act defines the criteria and the penalties.

CHILD PORNOGRPAHY - Protection of Children Act 1978 and Criminal Justice Act 1988. It is an offence to possess or distribute an indecent photograph of a chbild under 16 including images on a computer.

PUBLISHING OR BROADCASTING OF OBSCENE MATERIAL - Obscene Publications Act 1959 and Broadcasting Act 1990. These Acts define obscenity and contain provisions on the importance of standards of taste and decency on television and radio.

TELEPHONES - Telecommunications Act 1984. This Act bans the use of the telephone system to communicate any material of indecent, obscene of menacing character, including computer pornography,

Index to the topic
Pornography and Media Violence
Video and Films
Sex Tourism and Child Abuse
Legisaltion on Obscenity in England & Wales

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