Systems of Regulation

Lee Hughes

Home Office

The 9 images on this page are scanned-in versions of the slides of the presentation. All other material is based on my own notes.

"None of these are directly transferrable to the Internet".

See the ICSTIS presentation.

The ITC is required to ensure that nothing offends against decency.

Cinemas aren't directly required to follow the BBFC rules. However, most local authorities make doing so a condition of their licence, and failure to uphold them can result in losing the licence.

The BBFC often give a video a higher rating than the cinema release of the same film. This is because they consider the possiblity that a child younger than the rated age will see the video at home.

Pictures deleted at the request of the presenter.

It is up to the magazine publisher to mark the magazine as "over 18" and request it to be displayed on the top shelf. There is no requirement on the publisher to do so.

This is sort of a cabal. Advertising channels (for example, magazines, or the owners of poster sites) agree not to accept adverts that the ASA have banned, and advertisers agree only to use channels that have agreed that. If a major channel abandoned the scheme, it would fall down.

A lesson to be learned from the presentation is that the Government is happy to rest on voluntary regulation if it works. The purpose of regulation is to
- provide consumer advice
- help parents prevent children from getting access.

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