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Gambling on repression...

Poland ratchets up the oppression of internet users by requiring ISPs to snitch on attempts to access banned websites

Link Here 20th July 2018
Full story: Internet Censorship in Poland...In the name of dangerous gambling

The Polish government is demanding that ISPs snitch on their customers who attempt to access websites it deems illegal.

The government wants to make the restrictions stricter for unauthorised online gambling sites and will require local ISPs to inform it about citizens' attempts to access them. According to the Panoptykon Foundation, a digital rights watchdog, the government will compile a central registry of unauthorized websites to monitor.

According to the digital rights body, the government seeks to introduce a chief snooper that would compel data from ISPs disclosing which citizens tried to access unauthorised websites. In addition, the ISPs would have to keep the smooping requests secret from the customer.

Local organisations are unsurprisingly worried that the censorship's expansion could turn out to be the first of many steps in an online limitation escalation.

 

 

Updated: EFF Asks Court to Block Enforcement of FOSTA While Lawsuit Proceeds...

Law Is Causing Online Censorship and Removal of Protected Speech

Link Here 20th July 2018
Full story: FOSTA US Internet Censorship Law...Wide ranging internet cesnorship law targetting sex workers

On Thursday, July 19, at 4 pm, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge to put enforcement of FOSTA on hold during the pendency of its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal law. The hold is needed, in part, to allow plaintiff Woodhull Freedom Foundation, a sex worker advocacy group, to organize and publicize its annual conference, held August 2-5.

FOSTA , or the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, was passed by Congress in March. But despite its name, FOSTA attacks online speakers who speak favorably about sex work by imposing harsh penalties for any website that might be seen as facilitating prostitution or contribute to sex trafficking. In Woodhull Freedom Foundation v. U.S. , filed on behalf of two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist, EFF maintains the law is unconstitutional because it muzzles constitutionally protected speech that protects and advocates for sex workers and forces speakers and platforms to censor themselves.

Enforcement of the law should be suspended because the plaintiffs are likely to win the case and because it has caused, and will continue to cause, irreparable harm to the plaintiffs, EFF co-counsel Bob Corn-Revere of Davis Wright Tremaine will tell the court at a hearing this week on the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. Because of the risk of criminal penalties, the plaintiffs have had their ads removed from Craigslist and censored information on their websites. Plaintiff Woodhull Freedom Foundation has censored publication of information that could assist sex workers negatively impacted by the law. FOSTA threatens Woodhull's ability to engage in protected online speech, including livestreaming and live tweeting its August meeting, unless FOSTA is put on hold.

Update: A little reserved

20th July 2018. See  article from avn.com

Judge Richard Leon of United States District Court in Washington D.C. heard Woodhull's request for a preliminary injunction that would stop the law from remaining in effect until the group's lawsuit, but did not issue a judgement. Nor did he announce a date when he would issue a ruling.

According to one account from inside the courtroon, Leon sounded skeptical that the law had actually caused harm to the plaintiffs in the case.

 

 

Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Still/Born

Link Here 20th July 2018
Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

Do Something, Jake

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 109:52s Do Something, Jake is a 2018 UK crime thriller by James Smith.
Starring Mia Mills, Thomas Loone and Ed Bergtold. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references, drug misuse for:

  • 2018 cinema release
Summary Notes

Jake is an introvert, illiterate, and unable to hold down a basic job. Unbeknown to those around him, however, he is intelligent and ingenious - strengths he uses to secretly observe his neighbour, Alice, the woman he loves. But Alice lives with her boyfriend, Guy, a small-time criminal and drug pusher. Events escalate when Jake crosses the line from Alice's voyeur to direct manipulation of Guy's illicit dealings. Things come to a head when Alice is assaulted by Guy and his accomplice. After an unconvincing appeal to the Police, Jake decides to rescue Alice in his own ingenious, yet ultimately dangerous, way.

Dog Days

 

BBFC uncut
uncut
12A 112:52s Dog Days is a 2018 USA drama by Ken Marino.
Starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens and Finn Wolfhard. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate sex references, drug references for:

  • 2018 cinema release
Summary Notes

Dog Days follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts.

Community Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

Vedigundu Pasangge

BBFC uncut
uncut
12A 137:25s Vedigundu Pasangge [Subtitled] is a 2018 drama by Vimala Perumal.
Starring Teejay Arunachalam, Shakthisree Gopalan and Sathyaprakash Dharmar. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate violence, injury detail, language for:

  • 2018 cinema release
Film on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

Still/Born

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 83:06s Still/Born is a 2017 Canada horror thriller by Brandon Christensen.
Starring Christie Burke, Jesse Moss and Rebecca Olson. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong supernatural threat for:

  • 2018 Matchbox Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 6th August 2018
There are no censorship issues with this release.

Promotional Material

Losing a child is at birth is devastating, but having one child is horrifying. STILL/BORN tells the story about Mary, a young newlywed who has the perfect life with her husband Jack before she loses one of her twins at child birth. Balancing the loss of one child, with the love of the other takes a toll on her emotionally as she struggles to navigate motherhood. Meanwhile, those surrounding her, her husband Jack, her neighbor Rachel and even her mother go about their lives normally while Mary does her best to hide her inner turmoil. After being diagnosed with postpartum depression, Mary starts to take medication to help her cope with the night terrors she has had since losing her twin. When Jack is forced to leave on a business trip to Pittsburgh to close an important business account, Mary is left alone to care for both her child and herself. Alone in their large suburban home, the creaks in the night turn into whispers, as Mary begins to lose her handle on what s real, and what is imaginary. She encounters a woman who has had the same experience as her, and she tells Mary all about the demon entity Lamashtu who preys on newborns and their mothers. With this new information, Mary goes spirals into a deep psychosis unsure if she is losing her mind, or if this supernatural beast is truly trying to get her child.

The film debuted at The Overlook Film Festival at the historic Timberline Lodge where Stanley Kubrick based The Shining and won SCARIEST FILM of the festival.

VoD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

2:Hrs

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 82:01s 2:Hrs is a Sci-Fi fantasy adventure by D James Newton.
Starring Harry Jarvis, Ella-Rae Smith and Alhaji Fofana. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate bad language for:

  • 2018 Makelight Productions VoD
TV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

The Doctor Blake Mysteries

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 568:16s The Doctor Blake Mysteries is a crime drama by Ian Barry, Alister Grierson, Daina Reid...
Starring Craig Mclachlan, Nadine Garner and Charlie Cousins. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 5, Episodes 1-10 Passed 15 for strong violence, bloody crime scene detail, injury detail

The Good Place

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 307:35s The Good Place is a fantasy drama by Drew Goddard, Michael McDonald, Beth McCarthy-Miller...
Starring Ted Danson, Kristen Bell and Jameela Jamil. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-13 Passed 15 for strong sex references, drug misuse

Mr White Goes To Westminster

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 75:13s Mr White Goes To Westminster is a comedy drama TV film by Guy Jenkin.
Starring Bill Paterson, Josephine Butler and John Bowler. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, injury detail for:

  • 2018 Simply Home Entertainment video

Norbert Smith

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 46:59s
 
Norbert Smith - a Life is a comedy TV film by Geoff Posner.
Starring Harry Enfield, Melvyn Bragg and Barbara Windsor. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, innuendo, language for:

  • 2018 Simply Home Entertainment [Full Frame] video

The Rector's Wife

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 202:39s The Rector's Wife is a drama by Giles Foster.
Starring Lindsay Duncan, Ronald Pickup and Stephen Dillane. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-4 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate sexual activity
Children's DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

Sarah & Duck

BBFC uncut
uncut
U 7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
7:00s
Sarah & Duck [Boo Night] is a children's cartoon video
Starring Tasha Lawrence (voice) and Roger Allam (voice). BBFC link

UK: Passed U uncut for no material likely to offend or harm for:

  • 2018 2 entertain Video. video

Other:

  • Sarah & Duck [Cinema Scoot] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Comet's Coming] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Hedge Opera ] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Mountain Mints] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Park Trimming] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Perimeter Pals] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Ribbon Alvida] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Snowball Skate] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Sarah & Duck [Whatsathingy] Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
Coming Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 18 July 2018

 

      Trailers:
  • Anchor and Hope
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Breaking Through
  • Damascus Cover
  • Elvis: 68' Comeback Special
  • Johnny English: Strikes Again
  • The Little Stranger
  • Sicilian Ghost Story
  • Whore Hospital

 

 

Shopping: The Nude Vampire...

1970 France horror by Jean Rollin, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray

Link Here 20th July 2018

The Nude Vampire is a 1970 France horror by Jean Rollin.
Starring Maurice Lemaître, Caroline Cartier and Ly Lestrong. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:

UK Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release. Passed 18 uncut for all home video releases. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

A surreal blend of horror, espionage, and erotica, The Nude Vampire follows the son of a wealthy businessman as he is lured into a secret cult that is conducting experiments on a captive mute female vampire.

 

 

The Moral Highlands...

The Scottish government favours council licensing powers over lap dancing but feminists inevitably call for a total ban

Link Here 20th July 2018
Full story: Lap Dancing Licensing in Scotland...Scotland legislation to restrict lap dancing

Lap dancing clubs could be banished from council areas across Scotland under new plans being pushed forward by ministers. A new licensing regime would hand local authorities greater powers to ban or restrict the number of sexual entertainment venues in their area.

But of course this is not enough for some strident feminist groups that have called for politicians to go further and implement an outright ban across Scotland. Violence Against Women Partnerships (VAWP) insisted the Scottish Government should work with councils to outlaw lap-dancing clubs.

Cosla, which represents local government and lobbies on its behalf, responded to a consultation on the proposalssaying it was very difficult to see how a commitment to eradicating violence against women and girls could sit alongside the licensing of sexual entertainment venues.

But venue operators said it was unfair and untrue to imply that lap-dancing is a form of violence against women. Brightcrew, operators of Platinum Lace in Glasgow , argued its performers are all strong, independent, talented women who choose to work in sexual entertainment.  It added:

It is a well-remunerated occupation. It is a form of performance. It provides great flexibility in terms of hours and days of work, meaning that performers can work when they like, ensuring that they can find a balance between their work and other demands on their time, be it family, other work or studies.

The Scottish Government said it would consider the consultation responses before bringing in new rules. A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: Licensing of sexual entertainment venues does not seek to ban lap dancing or strip clubs but to allow local licensing authorities to decide what is right for their area. The Scottish Government accepts the freedom of adults to engage in legal activities and employment.

 

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