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 Offsite Article: Inside the UK Age Verification Law...


Link Here 20th February 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites
avn logo What the new regulations mean for your US business

See article from avn.com

 

  First the Daily Mail demands that porn sites verify age...

Now when they are all set to go, the Daily Mail decides that porn sites are not fit and proper companies to be trusted with implementing the checks


Link Here 18th February 2018
mindgeek ageid logoAs the introduction of age verification for websites approaches, it seems that the most likely outcome is that Mindgeek, the company behind most of the tube sites, is set to become the self appointed gatekeeper of porn. Its near monopoly on free porn means that it will be the first port of call for people wanting access, and people who register with them will be able to surf large numbers of porn sites with no verification hassle. And they are then not going to be very willing go through all the hassle again for a company not enrolled in the Mindgeek scheme. Mindgeek is therefore set to become the Amazon,eBay/Google/Facebook of porn.

There is another very promising age verification system AVSecure, that sounds way better than Midgeek's AgeID. AVSecure plans to offer age verification passes from supermarkets and post offices. They will give you a card with a code that requires no further identification whatsoever beyond looking obviously over 25.  18-25 yea olds will have to show ID but it need not be recorded in the system, Adult websites can then check the verification code that will reveal only that the holder is over 18. All website interactions will be further protected by blockchain encryption.

The Mindgeek scheme is the most well promoted for the moment and so is seem as the favourite to prevail. TheDaily Mail is now having doubts about the merits of trusting a porn company with age verification on the grounds that the primary motivation is to make money. The Daily Mail has also spotted that the vast swathes of worldwide porn is nominally held to be illegal by the government under the Obscene Publications Act. Notably female ejaculation is held to be obscene as the government claims it to be illegal because the ejaculate contains urine. I think the government is on a hiding to nothing if it persists in its silly claims of obscenity, they are simply years out of date and the world has move on.

Anyway the Daily Mail spouts:

The moguls behind the world's biggest pornography websites have been entrusted by the Government with policing the internet to keep it safe for children. MindGeek staff have held a series of meetings with officials in preparation for the new age verification system which is designed to ensure that under-18s cannot view adult material.

Tens of millions of British adults are expected to have to entrust their private details to MindGeek, which owns the PornHub and YouPorn websites.

Critics have likened the company's involvement to entrusting the cigarette industry with stopping underage smoking and want an independent body to create the system instead.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has found that material on the company's porn websites could be in breach of the Obscene Publications Act. A search for one sexual act, which would be considered illegal to publish videos of under the Obscene Publications Act, returned nearly 20,000 hits on PornHub. The Mail on Sunday did not watch any of the videos.

Shadow Culture Minister Liam Byrne said:

It is alarming that a company given the job of checking whether viewers of pornography are over 18 can't even police publication of illegal material on its own platform.

A DCMS spokesman said:

The Government will not be endorsing individual age-verification solutions but they will need to abide by data protection laws to be compliant.

 

 Offsite Article: Prohibition never works, and internet smut is no exception...


Link Here 13th February 2018
reason logo Imagine, for a moment, what it take to successfully ban pornography in the United States. By Peter Suderman

See article from reason.com

 

  Cinema nostalgia leaving a lump in your throat...

Australian cinema screening and discussion of Deep Throat cancelled after protest from feminist campaign group


Link Here 12th February 2018
Deep Throat Collector's Edition Series DVD A Melbourne cinema's operators have cancelled a screening of the iconic 1970s film Deep Throat amid complaints from a women's campaign group, the Coalition Against Trafficking Women in Australia (CATWA).

Gerard Damiano's pornographic film was scheduled for a rare public screening at The Astor in St Kilda on March 19. The screening was to have been followed by a panel discussion.

In a message responding to the complaints, Palace programming director Kim Petalas said the film was booked for cultural purposes as a reflection on the changing political, censorship and cinema exhibition landscape in the USA in the early 1970s.

After receiving the complaints The Astor's leaseholders, Palace Cinemas, quickly made the decision to cancel the screening.

Feminist concerns about Deep Throat stem not just from its sexually explicit nature but from the personal testimony of its star Linda Lovelace who later accused her former husband Chuck Trainor of forcing her into pornography at gunpoint.

 

  Get paid to watch porn...

Anti-porn campaigner kindly recommends scheme to reward porn viewing


Link Here 4th February 2018
get paid to watch porn An anti-porn  campaigner has criticised plans to introduce financial incentives for watching online porn.

Mary Sharpe, from the Reward Foundation, claims plans by an American company to offer virtual mone for discount on premium content, is damaging. Sharpe, who runs porn awareness classes at George Heriot's School claimed:

A payment incentive threatens to accelerate the rates of compulsive sexual behaviour in the population, and the resultant health harms and sex crime.

Stuart Duncan, from Vice Industry Token, the firm behind the reward scheme, said:

Results on whether pornography proves addictive or leads to illegal acts still remain inconclusive.

 

 Offsite Article: Call Em the Dirty Dozen...


Link Here 3rd February 2018
DVD front cover Fortune Business Magazine takes a look at the 12 Most Popular Stars in Adult Entertainment

See article from fortune.com

 

  Introducing the British Board of Film and Internet Censors...

Houses of Commons and Lords approve the appointment of the BBFC as the UK's internet porn censor


Link Here 2nd February 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites

House of Commons logoHouse of Commons

Delegated Legislation Committee

Proposal for Designation of Age-verification Regulator

Thursday 1 February 2018

The Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Margot James)

I beg to move,

That the Committee has considered the Proposal for Designation of Age-verification Regulator.

The Digital Economy Act 2017 introduced a requirement for commercial providers of online pornography to have robust age-verification controls in place to prevent children and young people under the age of 18 from accessing pornographic material. Section 16 of the Act states that the Secretary of State may designate by notice the age-verification regulator and may specify which functions under the Act the age-verification regulator should hold. The debate will focus on two issues. I am seeking Parliament's approval to designate the British Board of Film Classification as the age-verification regulator and approval for the BBFC to hold in this role specific functions under the Act.

Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill) (Lab)

At this stage, I would normally preface my remarks with a lacerating attack on how the Government are acquiescing in our place in the world as a cyber also-ran, and I would attack them for their rather desultory position and attitude to delivering a world-class digital trust regime. However, I am very fortunate that this morning the Secretary of State has made the arguments for me. This morning, before the Minister arrived, the Secretary of State launched his new app, Matt Hancock MP. It does not require email verification, so people are already posting hardcore pornography on it. When the Minister winds up, she might just tell us whether the age-verification regulator that she has proposed, and that we will approve this morning, will oversee the app of the Secretary of State as well.

Question put and agreed to.

House of Lords

See article from hansard.parliament.uk

house of lords red logoParticulars of Proposed Designation of Age-Verification Regulator

01 February 2018

Motion to Approve moved by Lord Ashton of Hyde

Section 16 of the Digital Economy Act states that the Secretary of State may designate by notice the age-verification regulator, and may specify which functions under the Act the age-verification regulator should hold. I am therefore seeking this House's approval to designate the British Board of Film Classification as the age-verification regulator. We believe that the BBFC is best placed to carry out this important role, because it has unparalleled expertise in this area.

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara (Lab)

I still argue, and I will continue to argue, that it is not appropriate for the Government to give statutory powers to a body that is essentially a private company. The BBFC is, as I have said before204I do not want to go into any detail -- a company limited by guarantee. It is therefore a profit-seeking organisation. It is not a charity or body that is there for the public good. It was set up purely as a protectionist measure to try to make sure that people responsible for producing films that were covered by a licensing regime in local authorities that was aggressive towards certain types of films204it was variable and therefore not good for business204could be protected by a system that was largely undertaken voluntarily. It was run by the motion picture production industry for itself.

 L ord Ashton of Hyde

I will just say that the BBFC is set up as an independent non-governmental body with a corporate structure, but it is a not-for-profit corporate structure. We have agreed funding arrangements for the BBFC for the purposes of the age-verification regulator. The funding is ring-fenced for this function. We have agreed a set-up cost of just under £1 million and a running cost of £800,000 for the first year. No other sources of funding will be required to carry out this work, so there is absolutely no question of influence from industry organisations, as there is for its existing work—it will be ring-fenced.

Motion agreed.

 

 Offsite Article: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance...


Link Here 2nd February 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites
online age verifiation XBiz publishes an interesting technical report on how the various age verification tools will work

See article from xbiz.com

 

 Extract: A phishers, scammers and blackmailers' charter...

Broadband Genie survey reveals that only 11 to 20% of people will be happy providing identity data for age verification purposes


Link Here 31st January 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites

broadband genie logoAlthough a majority are in favour of verifying age, it seems far fewer people in our survey would be happy to actually go through verification themselves. Only 19% said they'd be comfortable sharing information directly with an adult site, and just 11% would be comfortable handing details to a third party.

... Read the full article from broadbandgenie.co.uk

 

  Censorship tyranny...

Virginia lawmaker proposes a $20 tax charge for internet users to be able to access adult websites


Link Here 31st January 2018  full story: Pole Tax...Discriminatory taxes on adult entertainment in USA
Virginia State SealA Republican Virginia lawmaker has revived the nonsense idea to impose a state tax charge on every device sold to enable access to adult websites.

State Representative Dave LaRock's has introduced a bill misleadingly called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, which would require Virginians to pay a $20 fee to unblock content on adult websites.

LaRock has track record of being anti-porn and anti-gay. He once tore down advertising for an adult bookstore and railed against recognition for a local LGBTQ pride month.

Opponents point out that the proposal amounts to a tax on media content and would violate the First Amendment. The Media Coalition, which tracks legislation involving the First Amendment, sees the bill as nothing more than a tax on content, which is unconstitutional, said executive director David Horowitz. People have a First Amendment right to access this content, and publishers have a First Amendment right to provide it.

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, said the organization just can't take the bill seriously.

 

 Obituary: Jerry Butler...

Golden age porn actor dies aged 58


Link Here 31st January 2018
raw talent Jerry Butler, a Golden Age porn actor who appeared in more than 500 adult movies in a career that spanned from 1981 to 1993, has died at the age of 58.

Butler entered the world of adult in 1981 after he answered an ad in Backstage magazine. Initially he auditioned for a non-sex role, but landed a sex role in the 1981 film Young, Wild and Wonderful . After being featured in the big-budget films Roommates in 1981 and In Love in 1983 for Chuck Vincent, he relocated to Los Angeles to act and perform full-time in adult pictures. His performance in In Love won him Hustler's Best Actor Award that year.

Butler created a stir in the industry when he published his autobiography Raw Talent in 1989. The title came from one of his best-known films, which told the story of a talented but struggling actor who gets sucked into making porn, winning the fame he craved, but losing himself along the way. His life story, as told to Robert Rimmer and Catherine Tavel, contained some unflattering details about his colleagues, and claimed there was widespread drug abuse in the industry.

DVD front cover And just a few examples from his filmography:

1993 Savannah Superstar (Video)
1992 Another Dirty Western (Video)
1992 Best Butte in the West (Video)
1989 Simply Irresistible (Video)
1988 Raw Talent III (Video)
1986 Hot Gun (Video)
1986 The Ginger Effect (Video)
1985 Wet, Wild & Wicked (Video)
1985 Cream Puff (Video)
1985 The Best Little Whorehouse in San Francisco (Video)
1984 Space Virgins (Video)
1984 Return to Alpha Blue (Video)
1983 Once Upon a Secretary (Video)
1983 Vixens in Heat (Video)

 

 Offsite Article: Will the BBFC Block Whores of Yore, A Sex Work History Site?...


Link Here 25th January 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites
whores of yore logo It is clear that the BBFC are set to censor porn websites but what about the grey area of non-porn websites about porn and sex work. The BBFC falsely claim they don't know yet as they haven't begun work on their guidelines

See article from sexandcensorship.org

 

  World internet censors...

The government publishes it guidance to the new UK porn censor about notifying websites that they are to be censored, asking payment providers and advertisers to end their service, recourse to ISP blocks and an appeals process


Link Here 22nd January 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites
dcmd guidance age verification A few extracts from the document

Introduction

  1. A person contravenes Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 if they make
    pornographic material available on the internet on a commercial basis to
    persons in the United Kingdom without ensuring that the material is not
    normally accessible to persons under the age of 18. Contravention could lead
    to a range of measures being taken by the age-verification regulator in
    relation to that person, including blocking by internet service providers (ISPs).
  2. Part 3 also gives the age-verification regulator powers to act where a person
    makes extreme pornographic material (as defined in section 22 of the Digital
    Economy Act 2017) available on the internet to persons in the United
    Kingdom.

Purpose

This guidance has been written to provide the framework for the operation of
the age-verification regulatory regime in the following areas:

● Regulator's approach to the exercise of its powers;
● Age-verification arrangements;
● Appeals;
● Payment-services Providers and Ancillary Service Providers;
● Internet Service Provider blocking; and
● Reporting.

Enforcement principles

This guidance balances two overarching principles in the regulator's application of its powers under sections 19, 21 and 23 - that it should apply its powers in the way which it thinks will be most effective in ensuring compliance on a case-by-case basis and that it should take a proportionate approach.

As set out in this guidance, it is expected that the regulator, in taking a proportionate approach, will first seek to engage with the non-compliant person to encourage them to comply, before considering issuing a notice under section 19, 21 or 23, unless there are reasons as to why the regulator does not think that is appropriate in a given case

Regulator's approach to the exercise of its powers

The age-verification consultation Child Safety Online: Age verification for pornography identified that an extremely large number of websites contain pornographic content - circa 5 million sites or parts of sites. All providers of online pornography, who are making available pornographic material to persons in the United Kingdom on a commercial basis, will be required to comply with the age-verification requirement .

In exercising its powers, the regulator should take a proportionate approach. Section 26(1) specifically provides that the regulator may, if it thinks fit, choose to exercise its powers principally in relation to persons who, in the age-verification regulator's opinion:

  • (a) make pornographic material or extreme pornographic material available on the internet on a commercial basis to a large number of persons, or a large number of persons under the age of 18, in the United Kingdom; or
  • (b) generate a large amount of turnover by doing so.

In taking a proportionate approach, the regulator should have regard to the following:

a. As set out in section 19, before making a determination that a person is contravening section 14(1), the regulator must allow that person an opportunity to make representations about why the determination should not be made. To ensure clarity and discourage evasion, the regulator should specify a prompt timeframe for compliance and, if it considers it appropriate, set out the steps that it considers that the person needs to take to comply.

b. When considering whether to exercise its powers (whether under section 19, 21 or 23), including considering what type of notice to issue, the regulator should consider, in any given case, which intervention will be most effective in encouraging compliance, while balancing this against the need to act in a proportionate manner.

c. Before issuing a notice to require internet service providers to block access to material, the regulator must always first consider whether issuing civil proceedings or giving notice to ancillary service providers and payment-services providers might have a sufficient effect on the non-complying person's behaviour.

To help ensure transparency, the regulator should publish on its website details of any notices under sections 19, 21 and 23.

Age-verification arrangements

Section 25(1) provides that the regulator must publish guidance about the types of arrangements for making pornographic material available that the regulator will treat as complying with section 14(1). This guidance is subject to a Parliamentary procedure

A person making pornographic material available on a commercial basis to persons in the United Kingdom must have an effective process in place to verify a user is 18 or over. There are various methods for verifying whether someone is 18 or over (and it is expected that new age-verification technologies will develop over time). As such, the Secretary of State considers that rather than setting out a closed list of age-verification arrangements, the regulator's guidance should specify the criteria by which it will assess, in any given case, that a person has met with this requirement. The regulator's guidance should also outline good practice in relation to age verification to encourage consumer choice and the use of mechanisms which confirm age, rather than identity.

The regulator is not required to approve individual age-verification solutions. There are various ways to age verify online and the industry is developing at pace. Providers are innovating and providing choice to consumers.

The process of verifying age for adults should be concerned only with the need to establish that the user is aged 18 or above. The privacy of adult users of pornographic sites should be maintained and the potential for fraud or misuse of personal data should be safeguarded. The key focus of many age-verification providers is on privacy and specifically providing verification, rather than identification of the individual.

Payment-services providers and ancillary service providers

There is no requirement in the Digital Economy Act for payment-services providers or ancillary service providers to take any action on receipt of such a notice. However, Government expects that responsible companies will wish to withdraw services from those who are in breach of UK legislation by making pornographic material accessible online to children or by making extreme pornographic material available.

The regulator should consider on a case-by-case basis the effectiveness of notifying different ancillary service providers (and payment-services providers).

There are a wide-range of providers whose services may be used by pornography providers to enable or facilitate making pornography available online and who may therefore fall under the definition of ancillary service provider in section 21(5)(a) . Such a service is not limited to where a direct financial relationship is in place between the service and the pornography provider. Section 21(5)(b) identifies those who advertise commercially on such sites as ancillary service providers. In addition, others include, but are not limited to:

  • a. Platforms which enable pornographic content or extreme pornographic material to be uploaded;
  • b. Search engines which facilitate access to pornographic content or extreme pornographic material;
  • c. Discussion for a and communities in which users post links;
  • d. Cyberlockers' and cloud storage services on which pornographic content or extreme pornographic material may be stored;
  • e. Services including websites and App marketplaces that enable users to download Apps;
  • f. Hosting services which enable access to websites, Apps or App marketplaces; that enable users to download apps
  • g. Domain name registrars.
  • h. Set-top boxes, mobile applications and other devices that can connect directly to streaming servers

Internet Service Provider blocking

The regulator should only issue a notice to an internet service provider having had regard to Chapter 2 of this guidance. The regulator should take a proportionate approach and consider all actions (Chapter 2.4) before issuing a notice to internet service providers.

In determining those ISPs that will be subject to notification, the regulator should take into consideration the number and the nature of customers, with a focus on suppliers of home and mobile broadband services. The regulator should consider any ISP that promotes its services on the basis of pornography being accessible without age verification irrespective of other considerations.

The regulator should take into account the child safety impact that will be achieved by notifying a supplier with a small number of subscribers and ensure a proportionate approach. Additionally, it is not anticipated that ISPs will be expected to block services to business customers, unless a specific need is identified.

Reporting

In order to assist with the ongoing review of the effectiveness of the new regime and the regulator's functions, the Secretary of State considers that it would be good practice for the regulator to submit to the Secretary of State an annual report on the exercise of its functions and their effectiveness.

 

  Empire of the Censors...

Murray Perkins of the BBFC travels the world to inform the rest of the world how it will have to comply with UK internet censorship


Link Here 22nd January 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites
murray perkins roadshowThe US adult trade group, Free Speech Coalition  at its inaugural Leadership Conference on Thursday introduced Murray Perkins, who leads efforts for the UK's new age-verification censorship regime under the Digital Economy Act.

Perkins is the principal adviser for the BBFC, which last year signed on to assume the role of internet porn censor.

Perkins traveled to the XBIZ Show on an informational trip specifically to offer education on the Digital Economy Act's regulatory powers; he continues on to Las Vegas next week and Australia the following week to speak with online adult entertainment operators.

Pekins said:

The reason why I am here is to be visible, to give people an opportunity to ask questions about what is happening. I firmly believe that the only way to make this work is to with and not against the adult entertainment industry.

This is a challenge; there is no template, but we will figure it out. I am reasonably optimistic [the legislation] will work.

A team of classification examiners will start screening content for potential violations starting in the spring. (In a separate discussion with XBIZ, Perkins said that his army of examiners will total 15.)

Perkins showed himself to be a bit naive, a bit insensitive, or a bit of an idiot when he spouted:

The Digital Economy Act will affect everyone in this room, one way or the other, Perkins said. However, the Digital Economy Act is not anti-porn -- it is not intended to disrupt an adult's journey or access to their content. [...BUT... it is likely to totally devastate the UK adult industry and hand over all remaining business to the foreign internet giant Mindgeek, who will become the Facebook/Google/Amazon of porn. Not to mention the Brits served on a platter to scammers, blackmailers and identity thieves].

 

 Corrected: XBiz Adult Awards 2018...

And the winners were


Link Here 22nd January 2018

DVD front cover On Thursday night this year's winners of the 2018 XBIZ Awards were announced in Los Angeles. And from a very long list here are selection from the awards for porn films and stars

  • Feature Movie of the Year Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (PureTaboo/Pulse)
  • Gonzo Release of the Year Inked Nation (Jules Jordan Video)
  • Gonzo Series of the Year Angela Loves... (AGW Entertainment/Girlfriends Films)
  • All-Sex Release of the Year The XXX Rub Down 2 (Digital Sin)
  • Vignette Release of the Year Sun-Lit (TrenchcoatX.com/Jules Jordan Video)
  • Vignette Series of the Year First Anal (Tushy.com/Jules Jordan Video)
  • Taboo Release of the Year The Stepmother 15 (Sweet Sinner/Mile High)
  • Performer Showcase of the Year I Am Katrina (Evil Angel Films)
  • Comedy Release of the Year Bad Babes Inc. (Adam & Eve Pictures)
  • Couples-Themed Release of the Year Unbridled (Wicked Pictures)
  • All-Girl Release of the Year -- Feature Vampires (Girlsway/Girlfriends Films)
  • All-Girl Release of the Year -- Non-Feature Angela Loves Women 3 (AGW Entertainment/Girlfriends Films)
  • All-Girl Series of the Year Women Seeking Women (Girlfriends Films)
  • Director of the Year -- Body of Work Bree Mills
  • Director of the Year -- Feature Release Bree Mills
  • Director of the Year -- Non-Feature Release Greg Lansky
  • Female Performer of the Year Romi Rain
  • Male Performer of the Year Small Hands
  • Best New Starlet Honey Gold
  • Best Male Newcomer Lucas Frost
  • Girl/Girl Performer of the Year Darcie Dolce
  • Foreign Female Performer of the Year Stella Cox
  • Foreign Male Performer of the Year Steve Holmes
  • MILF Performer of the Year Brandi Love
  • Crossover Star of the Year Ela Darling
  • Best Actress -- Feature Release Penny Pax, The Submission of Emma Marx: Evolved (New Sensations)
  • Best Actor -- Feature Release Charles Dera, Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (PureTaboo/Pulse)
  • Best Actress -- Comedy Release Joanna Angel, Jews Love Black Cock (Burning Angel/Exile)
  • Best Actor -- Comedy Release Michael Vegas, How I Fucked Your Mother: A DP XXX Parody (Digital Playground)
  • Best Actress -- Couples-Themed Release Asa Akira, The Blonde Dahlia (Wicked Pictures)
  • Best Actor -- Couples-Themed Release Tommy Pistol, Ingenue (Wicked Pictures)
  • Best Actress -- All-Girl Release Brandi Love, The Candidate (Sweetheart Video/Mile High)
  • Best Supporting Actress Kristen Scott, Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (PureTaboo/Pulse)
  • Best Supporting Actor Small Hands, Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (PureTaboo/Pulse)
  • Best Non-Sex Performance Alec Knight, The Candidate (Sweetheart Video/Mile High)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Feature Release Jessica Drake, Ryan Driller & Michael Vegas, An Inconvenient Mistress (Wicked Pictures)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Gonzo Release Abella Danger & Markus Dupree, Fucking Flexible (Toni Ribas/Evil Angel)
  • Best Sex Scene -- All-Sex Release Ana Foxxx & Small Hands, Axel Braun's Brown Sugar (Wicked Pictures)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Vignette Release Katrina Jade, Charles Dera, Tommy Gunn & Nigel Dictator, Sacrosanct (TrenchcoatX.com/Jules Jordan Video)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Taboo Release Angel Smalls & Isiah Maxwell, My Big Black Stepbrother (Toni Ribas/Evil Angel)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Comedy Release Joanna Angel, Abella Danger & Isiah Maxwell, Jews Love Black Cock (Burning Angel/Exile)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Couples-Themed Release Gracie Glam & Ryan Driller, It's Complicated (Wicked Pictures)
  • Best Sex Scene -- All-Girl Release Tori Black & Aidra Fox, Tori Black Is Back (Lesbian X)
  • Best Sex Scene -- Virtual Reality Bridgette B., The Wrong House to Rob (VR Bangers)
  • Screenplay of the Year The Submission of Emma Marx: Evolved (New Sensations)
  • Best Cinematography Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (PureTaboo/Pulse)
  • Best Art Direction Justice League XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (Wicked Pictures)
  • Best Special Effects Star Wars Underworld: A XXX Parody (Digital Playground)
  • Best Music Agent 69 (Adam & Eve Pictures)
  • Best Editing Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (PureTaboo/Pulse)
  • Studio of the Year Vixen/Tushy/Blacked
  • Best New Studio/Line PureTaboo.com
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year Vixen Angel of the Month/Year (Vixen.com)
  • Amateur Release of the Year Adventures in Wife Sharing (Homegrown Video)
  • Pro-Am Release of the Year Canadian Sex Trip 2 (James Deen Productions/Girlfriends Films)
  • All-Black Release of the Year The Black Out (Jules Jordan Video)
  • Interracial Release of the Year Interracial Icon 5 (Blacked.com/Jules Jordan Video)
  • Latin-Themed Release of the Year Nacho Loves Canela Skin (Nacho Vidal/Evil Angel)
  • Asian-Themed Release of the Year Asia Noir 7 (Video Team/Metro)
  • BDSM Release of the Year Whipped Ass 21: Masochistic MILFs (Kink.com/Jules Jordan Video)
  • Fetish Release of the Year Corrupted by the Evils of Fetish Porn (Severe Sex)
  • Foreign Studio of the Year Harmony Films
  • Foreign Director of the Year Dick Bush
  • Foreign Feature Release of the Year Revenge of a Daughter (Marc Dorcel/Wicked Pictures)
  • Foreign Non-Feature Release of the Year Rocco's Perfect Slaves 11 (Rocco Siffredi/Evil Angel)
  • Gay Studio of the Year NakedSword Originals
  • Gay Movie of the Year MXXX: The Hardest Ride (NakedSword Originals)
  • Gay Director of the Year mr. Pam
  • Gay Performer of the Year Colby Keller
  • Trans Studio of the Year Grooby Productions
  • Trans Release of the Year Buck Angel Superstar (TransSensual/Mile High)
  • Trans Director of the Year Dana Vespoli
  • Trans Performer of the Year Chanel Santini

 

 Offsite Article: A legal hub...


Link Here 17th January 2018
the conversation logo The latest reports from Pornhub and the likes show what types of porn people like but perhaps also a timely reminder about the legalities of downloading porn in the UK

See article from theconversation.com

 

  Censorship harms...

The government outlines the expected harms to people and businesses associated with its upcoming porn censorship law


Link Here 5th January 2018  full story: UK Porn Censorship...Digital Economy Bill introduces censorship for porn websites
dcms age verification risk assessment The UK government slipped out its impact assessment of the upcoming porn censorship law during the Christmas break. The new law requires porn websites to be blocked in the UK when they don't implement age verification.

The measures are currently due to come into force in May but it seems a tight schedule as even the rules for acceptable age verification systems have not yet been published.

The report contains some interesting costings and assessment of the expected harms to be inflicted on porn viewers and British adult businesses.

The document notes the unpopularity of the age verification requirements with a public consultation finding that 54% of respondents did not support the introduction of a law to require age verification.

However, the government has forged ahead, with the aim of stopping kids accessing porn on the grounds that such content could distress them or harm their development.

The governments censorship rules will be enforced by the BBFC, in its new role as the UK porn censor although it prefers the descriptor: age-verification regulator . The government states that the censorship job will initially be funded by the government, and the government is assuming this will cost £4.5 million based upon a range of estimates from 1 million to 8 million.

The government has bizarrely assumed that the BBFC will ban just 1 to 60 sites in a year. The additional work for ISPs to block these sites is estimated £100,000 to £500,000 for each ISP. Probably to be absorbed by larger companies, but will be an expensive problem for smaller companies who do not currently implement any blocking systems.

Interestingly the government notes that there wont be any impact on UK adult businesses notionally because they should have already implemented age verification under ATVOD and Ofcom censorship rules. In reality it will have little impact on UK businesses because they have already been decimated by the ATVOD and Ofcom rules and have mostly closed down or moved abroad.

Te key section of the document summarising expected harms is as follows.

The policy option set out above also gives rise to the following risks:

  • Deterring adults from consuming content as a result of privacy/ fraud concerns linked to inputting ID data into sites and apps, also some adults may not be able to prove their age online;
  • Development of alternative payment systems and technological work-arounds could mean porn providers do not comply with new law, and enforcement is impossible as they are based overseas, so the policy goal would not be achieved;
  • The assumption that ISPs will comply with the direction of the regulator;
  • Reputational risks including Government censorship, over-regulation, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
  • The potential for online fraud could raise significantly, as criminals adapt approaches in order to make use of false AV systems / spoof websites and access user data;
  • The potential ability of children, particularly older children, to bypass age verification controls is a risk. However, whilst no system will be perfect, and alternative routes such as virtual private networks and peer-to-peer sharing of content may enable some under-18s to see this content, Ofcom research indicates that the numbers of children bypassing network level filters, for example, is very low (ca. 1%).
  • Adults (and some children) may be pushed towards using ToR and related systems to avoid AV where they could be exposed to illegal and extreme material that they otherwise would never have come into contact with.

The list does not seem to include the potential for blackmail from user data sold by porn firms, or else stolen by hackers. And mischievously, politicians could be one of the groups most open to blackmail for money or favours.

Another notable omission, is that the government does not seem overly concerned about mass VPN usage. I would have thought that the secret services wanting to monitor terrorists would not be pleased if a couple of million people stared to use encrypted VPNs. Perhaps it shows that the likes of GCHQ can already see into what goes on behind VPNs.

 

 Extract: Increasing diversity...

Porn trends according to the tube site xHamster


Link Here 4th January 2018
xhamster logo2018: The Year of the Woman

Globally we saw a 2.4% increase in percentage viewership by women in 2017 as women made up an ever larger part of the overall viewing community. This is trend we've seen consistently in recent years. Not only are more women coming online, they're coming at a greater rate than men are.

The real story might be emerging markets. South Africa and Saudi Arabia both saw double digit percentage of women in their audience, reflecting changing attitudes towards adult content, particularly among younger viewers.

Globally, women now make up 26% of the audience. Of course, some countries those number still have a ways to go.

The top search results for overall in 2017 were:

  • Japanese
  • Mom
  • Indian
  • Arab
  • Massage

Growth Markets, 2018

Globally, porn traffic to xHamster grew by 8.9% last year. However, certain patterns were discernible. Traffic in Southeast Asia spiked, as more communities came online. Countries that had previously blocked porn sites saw their traffic spike, while others, facing anti-porn legislation, mandatory filters and blocks, or campaigns against porn, saw traffic fall. (The US was among the latter, perhaps to increasing censorship in corporate networks :-( )

The greatest growth was in South Korea, where porn has been traditionally banned, but where the population is currently experiencing a sexual revolution. Traffic tripled in the past twelve months.

We've also seen a shift in who we're watching. Continuing a trend we've seen in years past, viewers are shifting away from lighter complected ethnicities, like German, Italian and French, to more Mediterranean nationalities. (Japanese still dominates searches, but even it is down 37% from just a year ago.)

...Read the full article from xhamster.com

 

 Offsite Article: US Porn Industry Looks Back on One Year Under President Trump...


Link Here 2nd January 2018
donald trump Not as bad as initially feared, and a darn site better than the UK porn industry has fared under the tories

See article from thedailybeast.com

 



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