The Difficulty of Controlling Porn

A BBC Newsbeat report has drawn attention to ATVOD, the UK editorial co-regulator for on-demand content, which has stated that existence of ´tube´ porn sites that let users upload content and watch films for free, is making it more difficult to control porn. The regulator has powers under the EC Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive to fine or to close on-demand services that (among other cumulative criteria set by the Directive) are TV-like and do not put in place access barriers that adequately protect children.

But ATVOD cannot control sites which originate from outside its jurisdiction. The article quotes Tom Dennis, representative of AITA, the Adult Industry Trade Association, who is also a producer. He says that the traditional porn industry, and even tube sites, can no longer complete with a new wave live webcam services, where performers are paid directly online for their live performances.

Meantime, Playboy TV UK/Benelux Ltd has lodged two new appeals against ATVOD determinations that the company remains the provider of two on-demand adult services. Playboy TV has moved Playboy TV and Demand Adult out of the UK to the Netherlands, but ATVOD believes that editorial responsibility (another element of the cumulative criteria) for those services still takes place in the UK.

Meanwhile, ATVOD has received a new notification for the website, Dungeon Virgins. You can look it up yourself quite easily. There are no video trailers, but yes, there is a saucy guided tour, which invites a user to sign up for the service.

Website, or TV-like on-demand service? What about live webcams? What do you think? Please add your comments to the forum below.

 
 
Sources: BBC Newsbeat. By Rick Kelsey. Newsbeat reporter. Read the full text here.
ATVOD Scope Determinations:
https://www.atvod.co.uk/regulated-services/scope-determinations/demand-adult-oct-2012
https://www.atvod.co.uk/regulated-services/scope-determinations/playboytv