Archive for the ‘Free Speech’ Category

NowThatsFuckedUp.com Webmaster Makes Bail

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

According to Florida news websites, the webmaster of Now That’s Fucked Up has made bail on his obscenity charges:

Chris Wilson, the operator of a controversial porn Web site, was released from the Polk County Jail after his parents put up $30,100 to arrange his bail.

Wilson operated an adult Web site out of his Lakeland apartment. The site became controversial after it started running photos, allegedly sent in by soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, showing scenes of dead men and women, purported to be insurgents. Many of the dead were horribly mutilated.

Apparently the county where he lives is some sort of anti-free speech stronghold. The darkly funny part of the whole mess is that they didn’t charge him for posting pictures of dead people, only for allegedly vanilla porn pictures. From the article:

Wilson was arrested on charges relating to the amateur pornography section of his Web site, not the dead body pictures.

So the government censors don’t have any problem with actual death and violence, but if you show boobs, they’ve got a jail cell waiting for you. If that type of government attack on our freedoms doesn’t piss you off, nothing will. Reading about the case, you’d think it was the Cuban government or something, not America. :(

Sex Story Site Raided By FBI

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

In the second story of its kind this week, an adult website has been raided by law enforcement. In this case, the site was a story site called “Red Rose Stories”. The webmaster of the site posted a message on his homepage saying that the FBI had entered his home when he was not at home and seized property related to the site.

The comments from the webmaster allege that the bust is related to obscenity, but that has not been confirmed yet. Here is part of the message posted by the webmaster on his site:

I am being charged with ‘OBSCENITIES’ and face charges for having posted fantasy stories.

They are trying to say fantasy stories are illegal.

The men in black (FBI) took ALL of my computer equipment, and many of my diskettes, and have access to ALL my files and site information.

The site owner is being represented by well known free speech attorney Larry Walters. Walters made the following statement to Ynot News:

“We’re still investigating the issues associated with the raid, but at this point it does not appear that any basis exists to justify obscenity charges premised on the written stories and audio files that were the subject of the search warrant.”

Walters’ comments seem to indicate that the search warrant may in fact be related to potential obscenity charges, even though rumors and speculation have suggested that there may have been other motivations for the raid. Allegedly, the site involved publishes a lot of underage stories. Some internet postings have suggested that it’s possible the FBI is looking for evidence in actual cases of abuse or trying to get information on specific subscribers to the site who they may have had their eye on for some reason. Until more information comes out, we will have to wait and see.

While Literotica does not publish underage stories or some of the other types of content allegedly published on that site, we support the free speech rights of authors and sites like ASSTR who do publish more extreme fiction. If this case only involves fictional stories, then it is a troubling development in the government’s war on free speech.

If the charges end up being related in any way to actual child abuse, then those responsible for that abuse should get what’s coming to them.

Fictional writing, no matter how offensive, is clearly protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

More updates on this story as we continue to find out what’s going on.

Max Hardcore Raided By The FBI

Friday, October 7th, 2005

The studios of porn bad boy Max Hardcore were raided by the FBI this week. Apparently the feds were looking to gather evidence for another obscenity charge against Hardcore. According to AVN:

Max Hardcore’s studio, Max World Entertainment, was raided approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday by FBI agents searching for five titles being investigated for obscenity.

This is Hardcore’s second obscenity charge since 2001, when he entered into a three-year-long trial brought by the city of Los Angeles over the release Max Extreme 4. That trial concluded with a plea bargain down to a “public nuisance” charge brokered in May 2004.

Max Hardcore has already issued a statement about the FBI raid:

Once again, the government is wasting tax dollars and otherwise invaluable law enforcement resources to try to force a minority view of morality on all of America… no, the world. Five movies have been targeted by the Federal Prude Patrol. There is no indication of any crime to be alleged except obscenity. If indicted, I will fight to protect my liberty, as well as the liberty of consenting adults to watch other adults engage in lawful, consensual, pleasurable sexual action. Shame on the Bush Department of Justice. I am proud of the movies I make and proud of those who buy and sell those movies.

Max has plenty of money for lawyers and he’s beat the government before, so no doubt he’ll fight for his right to free speech again. How can any thinking person disagree with Max’s point – the government is wasting time and taxpayer money attacking consenting adults for having sex, as if there were no other area where their resource could be better spent. American taxpayers should be outraged.

The extremist “war on porn” (a code phrase for the current government’s war on free speech) continues.

Long live the First Amendment. :)

FBI joining the Bush administration’s War on Porn

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

From today’s Washington Post:

The FBI is joining the Bush administration’s War on Porn. And it’s looking for a few good agents.

The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against “manufacturers and purveyors” of pornography — not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.

“I guess this means we’ve won the war on terror,” said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. “We must not need any more resources for espionage.”

Great idea – remove already strained resources from fighting terrorism and child porn to go after legal adult porn. :(

Peter van Aarle Has Died at 42

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Very sad news about an internet porn legend, and long time free speech supporter, from RAME:

Peter van Aarle, curator of the Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD) and co-founder of rec.arts.movies erotica (RAME), passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2005, after suffering a heart attack at his home in The Hague, Holland. He was 42. Details of a memorial service are not yet known. Details will be posted at http://www.iafd.com as they become known.

Peter started the IAFD “back in 1981/82 when I started watching porn movies (back then my hometown still had a cinema which showed porn movies, and only porn movies by the way, and that’s where I went).”

The site came on-line in its present incarnation and its present address in 1999, and he explained his goal for the site in an e-mail: “I basically want the IAFD to be the definitive porn movie database on the web. I’ve spent the past 18 years compiling this data, and I want all of the credit :-)

The credit is all his.

The IAFD will continue, in his memory. Volunteers have begun assembling updates. It will take us a little time to ramp up and try to fill the void left by Peter, but we promise to do our best.

Rest in peace.

Two Democrats Launch Attacks On Free Speech

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

It’s been a while since I updated, so I wanted to make a quick comment on recent free speech issues. In the last few weeks, two Democrats have joined the usual right wing suspects in launching attacks on the free speech rights of the American people:

Hillary Clinton: Hillary has been on a rampage lately against video games made for teens that can be modified to show boobs. She has taken on the roll of one of the leaders of the anti-GTA forces in the government, saying stupid things about games and the gaming industry that she probably doesn’t even understand – like most politicians. Politicians don’t seem to understand that many video games are sold to adults and some parents don’t mind their teens seeing R rated movie content. The content of the game has always had killing and violence, but since there might be a few tits as well, now all of these nanny-state religious fanatics (and Hillary) want the game banned.

Hillary might not know this, but I’ve heard that a piece of paper can be modified to show boobs too with a pencil. Perhaps Hillary will have another attack when she finds out about hentai – all cartoons are supposed to be for children, right?

Blanche Lincoln: This congresswoman from Arkansas wins the idiot of the week prize. She wants two do two unconstitutional things with a single bill. Lincoln wants to add a 25% tax to any websites that sell adult content. As has been pointed out by many already, that would be taxing free speech based on the content of the speech. If the government doesn’t like you being critical of their policies, they can just make a 250% tax on any movie, music, or book that is critical of government policies according to Blanche Lincoln.

Secondly, Lincoln revives the several-times-struck-down-by-the-supreme-court-already idea of making adult websites block content to everyone who is under 18 by using “special software”, which of course doesn’t exist. Maybe she is hoping the Supreme Court with a new justice will change their mind after ruling on this issue several times already, or maybe she just doesn’t like free speech. Either way, her proposals are blatantly unconstitutional and hopefully the rest of congress won’t waste taxpayer money trying to take away your rights when they should be defending them. The way things have been going lately with the U.S. government, don’t count on it. When they aren’t wasting time on stupid issues, it seems they’re probably working on ways to take away your rights.

These are just two of the recent stories that caught my eye. I’m sure there are plenty more. It’s usually the religious extremists that are pushing censorship and attacking the constitution, but this week we’ve got two Democrats. I don’t care what party or belief system you have, free speech means free speech. If you don’t support it, you are not supporting the constitution or a free society wherever you live.

Have a great weekend!

.XXX Domains & The Coming Crack Down On Free Speech

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Sam Sugar over at the SugarBank blog has an article about the approval of the .xxx domain extension and how bad it will be for those who support free speech. He suggests, as many other have, that a .kids domain would be a much better solution.

Here is a preview of what Sam and many in the adult industry see coming once .xxx is in place:

Companies like AOL, will start boasting of a commitment to ‘protect the children’ by filtering out ‘.xxx’ domains. Conservative groups will campaign to make accessing ‘.xxx’ domains from government or library computers illegal. Hosting companies will choose, or be compelled by the law, to restrict any adult content on their servers to ‘.xxx’ domains.

Some states will attempt to make hosting ‘.xxx’ domains illegal within their borders.

It will only be a matter of time before the U.S. government on their current “we will force our morals on all of you peasants” crusade try to force adult themed sites on to .xxx domains.

This is an issue on which Literotica has every intention of fighting. We are an erotic website, not unlike Nerve or even parts of Salon – the day that the government forces Salon.com into Salon.xxx, they will have a chance to force us over. Until then, we’ll be right here at Literotica.com.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride for free speech supporters for the next few years – hopefully the U.S. Constitution can survive the attacks.

Religious Group Wants Congress To Investigate New Gregg Araki Movie

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

A movie by highly acclaimed director Gregg Araki is under attack by a religious anti-free speech group who says they think the movie might be illegal. They want the U.S. Congress to investigate the indie art film, which tackles issue of teenage sexual abuse and homosexuality. AVN has an article on the controversy here.

Critic Ted Baehr says, “This film clearly violates the child pornography statutes written by Congress and most state legislatures. We urge authorities to take action and investigate.” Baehr holds a Ph.D. and is an attorney who worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York.

“The film, ‘Mysterious Skin,’ reaches a new low in depravity,” said Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide .

Could there be any better publicity for a film than having some anti-free speech extremist who used to work for the government calling it “a new low in depravity”? That alone should double ticket sales for the film. :)

New Bi-Partisan Group To Fight U.S. TV Censorship

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Republicans and Democrats coming together to fight for free speech? That’s what this artice from Variety says:

A new interest group in the broadcast indecency debate plans to announce its presence Wednesday by releasing results of a national survey showing that nearly 80% of Americans prefer parental responsibility over governmental regulation when it comes to protecting children from naughty programming.

TV Watch, which bills itself as “a new broadbased group building a grassroots coalition to advocate for responsibility over government intervention and educate Americans about tools to control TV content,” is entering the fray because its members believe the debate so far has been dominated by advocates of more federal regulation.

It’s about time someone started fighting on the right side of this issue. Maybe this will wake up a few of the bandwagon jumping politicians in Washington DC who have been going censorship crazy lately.

More info on this group once they officially launch later this week!

Catholic Church Tries To Shut Website Over Insult To Pope

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

From the anti-free speech files comes this article about the Catholic Church trying to get a website shut down because it insults the new pope:

Rome judicial authorities sought a temporary injunction on Friday against an Internet site which carried doctored photographs of Pope Benedict dressed in a Nazi uniform.

Rome investigating magistrate Salavtore Vitello said in a statement the pictures violated a national law prohibiting defamation of the Catholic Church. Vitello said he was also considering taking action against the owners of the site for insulting the authority and honour of the Pope himself.

Ratzinger served in the Hitler Youth, a Nazi paramilitary organisation, in World War Two when membership was compulsory for young Germans.

It’s illegal to parody the church in Italy? What kind of free speech is that?