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Playboy Fined £100,000 by UK Telecoms Watchdog

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Playboy fined over two of its websites in the United Kingdom.

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has fined Playboy £100,000 for, 'failing to protect children' from pornographic material. Specifically, Ofcom says Playboy allowed users to access hardcore videos and pictures without having "acceptable controls" in place to verify all users were over 18. Playboy's Playboy TV and Demand Adult are both regulated by Ofcom and the Authority for Video On Demand (ATVOD) because they provide access to videos in a similar way to adult services broadcast on television and fall within UK jurisdiction. The regulator said in a statement today that Playboy's failure to prevent children from accessing the sites in question was 'serious, repeated and reckless.'

According to Ofcom, the only protection Demand Adult had in place was a button that said, "Enter I am over 18. In addition to this, users could use a debit card to pay for premium content. Playboy TV also had a self certification system in place for users' ages as well as a debit card payment system. Demand Adult displayed explicit content on the homepage, while Playboy TV showed sexual activity without explicit detail on its homepage.

For their actions, Demand Adult will have to pay £65,000 in fines, while Playboy TV will have to pay £35,000. This equates to just under $104,000 for Demand Adult and just under $56,000 for Playboy TV. Total fines equate to $159,929 by today's exchange rates.

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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 11:28 AM
    "'failing to protect children' from pornographic material" yeah, right. I started watching porn when I was 14 and loved every bit of it.
    I think children should be protected from being raised by stupid parents if anything. Being not sexually uneducated is a problem, being sexually irresponsible is a problem. Porn..... really isn't, so I guess what happened there is more about business and I'd really like to know who the money's going to...
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    TheViper , January 17, 2013 11:45 AM
    So they can just slap $100,000 fines for any adult website without a very strict age gate?

    Why are they not handing out thousands of these fines every day then?
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 11:28 AM
    "'failing to protect children' from pornographic material" yeah, right. I started watching porn when I was 14 and loved every bit of it.
    I think children should be protected from being raised by stupid parents if anything. Being not sexually uneducated is a problem, being sexually irresponsible is a problem. Porn..... really isn't, so I guess what happened there is more about business and I'd really like to know who the money's going to...
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    TheViper , January 17, 2013 11:45 AM
    So they can just slap $100,000 fines for any adult website without a very strict age gate?

    Why are they not handing out thousands of these fines every day then?
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    gtvr , January 17, 2013 11:53 AM
    TheViperSo they can just slap $100,000 fines for any adult website without a very strict age gate?Why are they not handing out thousands of these fines every day then?


    The best I could get from this story is that it has something to do with the distribution method. I suspect generic internet sites aren't covered.
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    bustapr , January 17, 2013 12:40 PM
    like that age gate thing ever stopped me from entering porn sites as a kid. -_-

    this is stupid.
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    house70 , January 17, 2013 1:46 PM
    IMO, Ofcom just needed some quick cash for their directors' trips or something, because the whole thing makes no sense and serves no purpose.
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    The_Trutherizer , January 17, 2013 2:12 PM
    The playboy site has hardcore porn? golly...
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    jaber2 , January 17, 2013 3:31 PM
    They don't know about the internet, lets not tell them
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    bustapr , January 17, 2013 3:33 PM
    jaber2They don't know about the internet, lets not tell them

    no, lets tell them!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRgNOyCnbqg
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    koga73 , January 17, 2013 3:49 PM
    Ha 100,000 over a stupid button that says "I'm 18. Enter" that stops NOBODY.

    Anyways it's not playboys responsibility to "'protect children from pornographic material" that responsibility belongs to the parents.
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    gm0n3y , January 17, 2013 3:51 PM
    greenkilometre"'failing to protect children' from pornographic material" yeah, right. I started watching porn when I was 14 and loved every bit of it.I think children should be protected from being raised by stupid parents if anything. Being not sexually uneducated is a problem, being sexually irresponsible is a problem. Porn..... really isn't, so I guess what happened there is more about business and I'd really like to know who the money's going to...

    Agreed. I don't understand why everyone thinks that porn is a bad thing. Let kids watch porn if they want. As long as they are provided a proper sex education at school/home then it is perfectly safe.

    Source: 90% of teenagers since 1995.
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    dark_wizzie , January 17, 2013 5:55 PM
    If you're old enough to enjoy porn, you're old enough to watch it.
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    alidan , January 17, 2013 9:12 PM
    gtvrThe best I could get from this story is that it has something to do with the distribution method. I suspect generic internet sites aren't covered.


    servers for porn are rarely handled in the countries they serve. it protects the sites from asinine laws.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    "You must be at least 21 years old to enter . What year were you born in?"
    1912
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    IndignantSkeptic , January 18, 2013 1:14 AM
    Wait, I don't get what the hell is going on? Why is that site getting punished for that simple button when basically all porn sites have a button like that? Why are not all porn sites getting punished as well then?
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 6:36 AM
    Two thoughts collided during my previous post and lead to a weird sentence. Obviously I wanted to say "Being sexually uneducated is a problem". Sorry
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    firemachine69 , January 18, 2013 6:38 PM
    koga73Ha 100,000 over a stupid button that says "I'm 18. Enter" that stops NOBODY.Anyways it's not playboys responsibility to "'protect children from pornographic material" that responsibility belongs to the parents.


    That's the UK, and the majority there are lost on this concept of personal responsibility and raising their children themselves...