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Too Far Down the Yellow Brick Road – Cyber-hysteria and Virtual Porn

Maureen Johnson, Kevin M. Rogers
Published 2009

Abstract

€˜Cyberporn’ is one of the great moral panics of our age. Indeed, the developmentof Web 2.0 and the rapid increase of user generated content have opened the floodgates to thenumber of pornographic websites available. Everybody is familiar, and most are in agreement withthe argument against indecent images of children.1 Few would argue –none successfully – for thelaw to go easier on those who produce and circulate such images, but an increasingly complicatedlegal landscape is in danger of stretching the limits of legislation to include what are essentiallydrawings of children found online or in virtual communities and criminalise those who produce,possess or view them. This paper will consider the necessary response of the United Kingdom’slegislature to these problems.

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