New laws on porn ‘will criminalise thousands’ of Britons

Perhaps it was the bondage trousers his mother was so famous for creating in the 1970s but photographer Ben Westwood has made a career of depicting what some might see as the more explicit end of soft pornography.Now he is moving onto the political frontline by spearheading a campaign against anti-pornography legislation that is due to come into force some time next year. He believes it will make possession of his own photography and other art illegal.Westwood, 45, eldest son of fashion designer Vivienne and her first husband, Derek Westwood, has joined the campaign Caan – the Consenting Adults Action Network – which claims he is the first of several artists and celebrities planning to lend their names to the battle to overturn section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which gained royal assent earlier this year. It was intended to target people who view illegal hardcore pornography websites. Under the new rules, criminal responsibility shifts from the producer – who is already responsible under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act – to the consumer. It makes it illegal to have pornographic material that depicts necrophilia, bestiality or violence that looks life-threatening or likely to result in serious injury to the breasts or genitals.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/oct/26/photography-pornography-law

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