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Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime
Obscenity on the Web
Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder. In
1964, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain
obscenity with his famous quote:
“I shall not today attempt further to define
the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . but I know
it when I see it.”
Nudity, per se, is no longer considered obscene
and the Venus De Milo remains unclothed in the Louvre in Paris.
Society has come a long way since Victorian ancestors placed shirts
on table legs because all legs, even wooden ones, should be
However, obscenity is not just about nudity.
When the controversial artwork Piss Christ was unveiled in
New York, protests erupted at the vulgar and obscene paring of
excrement with sacred religious icons.
Regardless of the definition, it is clear that
obscenity is big business. Industry experts say that obscenity and
pornography are extremely profitable on the web, one of the few web
industries to be financially successful.
Officially, obscenity was defined by the U.S.
Supreme Court in the Miller vs. California case. The court
rules that in order to be judged obscene the content as a whole must
be considered, and three conditions must be met:
The content must appeal to a prurient interest
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