Question from He, Is it Illegal to Watch Extreme or Illegal Content on a Google Website in England Under the Criminal Justice Act?
Answer from AI:
In England, under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, it is indeed illegal to possess certain types of extreme pornographic images. This includes images that are grossly offensive, disgusting, or otherwise of an obscene character, and portrays in an explicit and realistic way any of the following:
- an act which threatens a person’s life,
- an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals,
- an act which involves sexual interference with a human corpse, or
- a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive).
However, the law primarily focuses on the possession of such images, rather than simply viewing them. This means that if you accidentally stumble upon such content, you are not necessarily breaking the law. But if you intentionally seek out, download, or otherwise possess such content, you could be committing a crime.
What About Other Illegal Content?
The viewing of other types of illegal content, such as child pornography, is also illegal under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988. This includes not only possession but also viewing such material online.
What Should I Do If I Encounter Such Content?
If you encounter extreme or illegal content online, you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation, which works to remove such content from the internet. You can make a report on their website.
When Should I Seek Legal Advice?
If you are unsure about the legality of certain content, or if you have been accused of possessing or viewing illegal content, you should seek legal advice immediately. A legal professional can provide you with personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.
Remember, this information is a general guide and not a substitute for professional legal advice. Laws can change, and each individual case is different. Always consult with a legal professional for personalized advice.