Court cracks down on German porn sites

26th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2004 , BERLIN - Germany's campaign against pornographic websites that can be seen by children and teenagers has won a boost with a court ruling that requires tougher entrance checks for surfers.The owner of one website was fined EUR 1,600 in a decision confirmed last month by Berlin appeal judges. Their ruling, which was not disclosed at the time, was made public by a court spokesman this week.Surfers had only been asked to give their identity card number to gain access to the site.Rejecting an

26 October 2004

BERLIN - Germany's campaign against pornographic websites that can be seen by children and teenagers has won a boost with a court ruling that requires tougher entrance checks for surfers.

The owner of one website was fined EUR 1,600 in a decision confirmed last month by Berlin appeal judges. Their ruling, which was not disclosed at the time, was made public by a court spokesman this week.

Surfers had only been asked to give their identity card number to gain access to the site.

Rejecting an appeal against conviction, the court said children could easily obtain the numbers of adults to use.

A policeman had told how he viewed the site using the ID number of a celebrity whose German citizenship papers had been shown in a glossy magazine.

Despite the internet's global operations, Germany‘s parliament and courts have not shied away from attempts to regulate it. The main targets have been neo-Nazi websites and forums.

There are practically no legal limits in Germany on "adult" pornography, but protection-of-minors laws require cinemas, booksellers and website owners to take some kind of steps to exclude persons under the age of 18.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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