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    Comics could become ilegal

    Coming soon (maybe) you have to buy the latest issue of Spiderman under the counter

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...mpaigners.html

    They are protesting against two pieces of legislation. The first, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, comes into force later this month.
    It will make possessing "extreme pornography" - defined as any "extreme image" produced "solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal" - illegal.
    The Government defines an "extreme image" as any "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise ... obscene" moving or still depiction of someone any "reasonable person" would think real being sexually injured or engaging in sexual activity with an animal or corpse.
    Films given an official classification are exempt from the new law, meaning portrayals of such extreme activity by actors will be allowed on screen. However, imitations by characters on paper will not enjoy such an exemption.
    The second is the Coroners and Justice Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament. It will introduce a similar law banning the possession of any image involving sexual activity and children. For the purpose of the law, an image is said to contain a child if "the impression conveyed ... is that the person shown is a child".
    The comic book campaigners claim that if the new rules are interpreted harshly, their hobby could be criminalised.
    In a statement, comicshopvoice.co.uk, a comic fans' website, said of the rules outlawing sexual violence: "Isn't that how Batman, Punisher, Judge Dredd get anything done?
    "A kick in the balls or a--- would constitute this, and a kick in the balls is a well trodden part of humour."
    It added that the new law on images of children would make owning some comic books, and "particularly some forms of Manga" - the Japanese form often featuring young-looking cartoon characters - illegal.
    The statement added: "Because this is a minefield for the law it then falls on the Police to enforce it, and it is their judgement that could lead to a prosecution.
    "We COULD get to a point where the police could legitimately visit your home or workplace, and sanctioned by an un-elected magistrate or judge go through your collection and if they find any comic book that they feel will cause sexual arousal or displays extreme violence then they could arrest you."
    Calling on comic book fans to lobby their MPs, the group added: "What is frightening about this law is that it gives [the Government] carte blanche to invade our lives, to shut down our comic shops and ultimately it could lead to censorship of books and films as well."
    Oh goody
    More censorship (maybe)
    If this law is passed and it gose to books will the Bible be band I hear thats quite violent?


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    With such a large support group and fans I doubt these types of comics will be made illegal. That, and I highly doubt that there will be any cops wasting their time searching houses for the latest issue of Batman or Spider Man. They have more important things to deal with than a little revealing comic.

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    If this was put into place would it be illegal for me to buy children or young adults comic books?
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    Yay, more censorship. I especially enjoy really vague rules about what is unacceptable.



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    I think its more about them underage people in the comics

    Oh look
    Naruto is banned

    So its not all bad


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    I doubt this will have a huge impact on comics. They're going to keep making them the way they always do. Frankly, I don't see much point to arresting people for reading Spider-Man when there are billions of things out there far worse that go unpunished.

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    That many people read comics for there to be a problem?


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    Ha. Be just like every other thing the gov't tries to ban. Of course, everyone will then go out looking for comic books.
    Who really cares? If it's mums & dads going out trying to get this stuff banned, put blindfolds on your children when you go down the street. More evil there than in your local sunday funnies.

    PS: Darkprinny; Yes, the bible, is quite graphic... If it was a movie, it would definitely be R or X.
    I know, I have read a lot of it... *shudders*

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    er... i doubt that will affect comic at all. the article clearly states "solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal"

    and even if some people find poison ivy or catwoman attractive, the sole purpose of the publication is not to get your freak on.

    id lay money on this not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenithion View Post
    PS: Darkprinny; Yes, the bible, is quite graphic... If it was a movie, it would definitely be R or X.
    Isnt that what that Passion of Christ is about ?

    [spoiler]He dies in the end[spoiler]

    Quote Originally Posted by Trulen View Post
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    That many people read comics for there to be a problem?


    SRSLY.
    Dosent the bloke that looks after the US read comics ?

    Im just sayin


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    Oh, my good lord! That's a big one there ain't it! I really think this is weird. I get squick feelings from live-action gore and sex, whereas drawings don't bother me as much. Is this gonna happen in Canada or just to you blokes 'cross the ocean... I think just my Neon Genesis collection would qualify. I don't see what they're trying to do here.


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