Here is how the world regulates porn. Is India next?

Internet pornography has different legal structures in different parts of the world. We look at a few countries.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 30, 2014 5:59 pm

 

china India altogether has different legal recourse. Possession of pornography is purely legal where as its distribution is illegal. (Source: PTI)

Internet pornography has different legal structures in different parts of the world.

Countries that ban pornography completely:

Internet pornography was outlawed in China effective 2002, when state censors issued guidelines requiring that all websites remove any pornographic material. The government started a crackdown in 2004.

In some of the Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines) there is a complete ban of pornography.  In Pakistan too pornography is illegal and the governments imposed a 100 per cent ban since 2011. All the Middle Eastern countries ban all forms of pornography.

Countries with a partial ban:

India altogether has different legal recourse. Possession of pornography is purely legal where as its distribution is illegal. In the cyber world, Section 67 of the Information technology deals with “publishing obscene information in electronic form” in India.

The same system in Australia where possession of pornography material is permitted, but it is an offense to sell, exhibit or rent.

In Russia the laws are unclear.

Countries where pornography is legal:

The 18-plus age limit restriction is imposed but pornography is legal.

In Canada, sale of hardcore pornography is illegal to anyone under the age of 18 (19 in some provinces), but anyone above that age may own or possess pornography.

In US pornography is lawful at the federal level, but is subject to the Miller test. Advocates for pornography are staunch defenders of the 1st Amendment, free speech, and the arts; while its critics and detractors have blamed it for a succession of societal ailments as well as a general religious downfall. Pornography between consenting adults is legal in most Latin American countries.

Most of the the European countries also have a legal recourse on pornography. In UK (England and Wales main legislation on pornographic materials is the Obscene Publications Act 1959, the Obscene Publications Act 1964, and the Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981.

Note: Data has been compiled from various online sources.

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    Sandeep Pandey
    Aug 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm
    the lawmakers... is education at least given our hypocrite "ghunghat/rape women at home" cultural values! India is which imitates west in worst possible manner
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      Checker
      Aug 30, 2014 at 9:47 am
      Whoever wrote this piece needs someone else to check his English. Altogether in the wrong place , no verb in a sentence about Australia! Or go back to school?
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        OpinionatedOrator
        Aug 30, 2014 at 10:37 am
        Lol, trying to ban on Internet is impossible. Nothing can be censored on Internet. New ways to access censored content always pops up. Indians would come across as stupid if they really think they can control the Internet. It shows our immaturity
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          Solidus Bearman
          Sep 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm
          In my experience, is NOT healthy. is very important to the body, full of useful nutrients. Ever wondered how it would feel keeping it inside?You will become smarter, stronger, wittier, less anxious, more happy, feeling more pleasure from life, more confident, have better skin, less acne and some other benefits.Abstaining from and ion has been one of the best decisions of my life.
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            Ben
            Aug 30, 2014 at 10:26 am
            should be banned completely. All this moral degeneracy-the numerous rapes and murders of women-that is not the India I knew and loved. All these "proponents"of are like monkeys trying to ape the West. has NOTHING to do with "democracy. The two are completely seperate issues, despite what the who posted before this says.
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              Rahul
              Aug 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm
              Learn to write, please.
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                Yatharth
                Aug 31, 2014 at 4:52 am
                What the author forgot to mention is that the highest ographic traffic over internet comes from these very countries that have banned them. stan is the one example where animal , the most depraved form of , is most watched, more than anywhere else according to a Google research.
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                  Sam Shendre
                  Aug 30, 2014 at 9:12 am
                  All the countries you mentioned(banned ) are not democratic they're communist. We Indians have freedom granted to us by consution of India so its illegal to ban in India
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