us: New obscenity charges raise questions in Internet Age

[IDG] What ‘community standards’ apply to content distributed across the entire Internet?A long-standing court test using community standards to determine whether adult content is criminally obscene has been a potential problem area for the U.S. pornography industry.But a debate that’s been largely abstract for years has recently changed as the U.S. Department of Justice successfully prosecuted two Web site operators for obscenity.Last Friday, Paul F. Little — also known as Max Hardcore — was sentenced to 46 months in prison, as well as fined $7,500 for distributing adult videos online and through the mail.The Florida judge also fined Little’s company, MaxWorld Entertainment, $75,000 and shut down his Web site.

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