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2009-02-03 15:02:06

A New Delhi high court judge has dismissed an obscenity charge against a married couple in India who kissed in public, observers say. Wondering how police could have brought charges against an expression of love by a young married couple, Judge S. Muralidhar quashed the criminal proceedings against the 28-year-old man and his 23-year-old wife, the BBC reported Tuesday. New Delhi city officials had begun criminal proceedings against the couple for sitting in an objectionable position near a...

2009-01-05 16:25:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to news sources, on Monday China launched a crackdown on Internet pornography, targeting online portals and search engines such as Google. According to a statement issued by NPR, "The crackdown focused on pornography but is part of a larger Chinese effort to control freedom of expression..." Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media, issued the following statement: China is to be commended for cracking down on Internet...

2008-12-29 17:31:00

WASHINGTON and PENSACOLA, Fla., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raymond Roy of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., today became the sixth defendant to plead guilty for his involvement in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Thomas F. Kirwin and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced. Roy was one of 14 alleged members of the...

2008-11-05 06:00:13

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- In the staid red velvet, white marble setting of the Supreme Court, the justices talked about dirty words Tuesday -- but used none. As they cloaked their language in euphemisms, their varying questions also concealed how they would rule in the dispute that will affect what words are allowed on broadcast TV. The case traces to a 2003 Golden Globes show in which U2 lead singer Bono used an expletive in his televised acceptance speech. The Federal...

2008-10-03 21:00:09

WASHINGTON - A 50-year-old Altadena man was sentenced on Friday to 46-months in prison for violating federal obscenity laws. Paul F. Little must also pay $7,500 in fines, forfeit the gross profits from his "obscene" films and give up the Internet domain names he used for his business, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say Little produced, directed and starred in pornographic films produced by his company, MaxWorld Entertainment Inc. They say the films showed him engaged...

2008-10-03 15:00:11

A man accused of blogging about the fictional rape and slaying of the pop group Girls Aloud is being prosecuted under Britain's Obscene Publications Act. The Daily Mail said the case involving Darryn Walker, a 35-year-old civil servant, is considered the first real test of the 1959 law since pornographic material has become widely available on the Internet. Walker is accused of posting a violence-themed article about the girl group on a fantasy porn Web site. Although the Web site has a...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Florida producer has been charged by a federal grand jury in Billings, Mont., with distributing obscene DVDs through the mails, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana William Mercer announced today. In a sealed indictment returned by the grand jury on Aug. 20, 2008, and unsealed today in federal court in Billings, Miami resident Barry Goldman, 58, doing...

2008-09-02 09:15:00

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper Bangkok Post website on 2 September CENSORSHIP 400 websites shut down The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry has detected more than 1,200 websites that violated the Computer Crime Act -of which 344 had content deemed insulting to the monarchy. The ministry said that between March and August this year, it detected more than 1,200 sites disturbing the peaceful social order and morality of the people, and/or which were...

2008-06-27 09:02:46

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, June 26: ___ On Dec. 5, 1962, comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested in a Chicago nightclub _ not for fighting or flinging beer bottles but for obscenity. His comedy routine, which typically used lots of four-letter words, was too raw for police to tolerate. But he wasn't the only one hauled in by the cops. So were two people in the audience, one of them, the Chicago Tribune reported, "George Carlin, 25, of 20 E. Delaware...

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2008-06-25 06:05:00

By Matt Richtel Judges and jurors in the United States who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: Does the material violate community standards? That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community's tastes and values. The Internet may be changing that. In a novel approach, the defense in an obscenity trial in Florida plans to use publicly accessible Google search data to try to persuade jurors...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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