Censorship is the suppression or deletion of material, which may be considered objectionable, harmful or sensitive, as determined by a censor.
Typically censorship is done by governments, religious and secular groups, corporations, or the mass media, although other forms of censorship exist. The withholding of classified information, commercial secrets, intellectual property, and privileged lawyer-client communication is not usually described as censorship within the censoring community, though can be by outside observers. The term "censorship" often carries with it a sense of untoward, inappropriate or repressive secrecy.
The term "censorship" is often used as a pejorative term to signify a belief that a group controlling certain information is using this control improperly or for its own benefit, or preventing others from accessing information that should be made readily accessible (often so that conclusions drawn can be verified).
Self-censorship is censorship imposed not by an outside agency, such as a government, but which a person or institution places voluntarily on themself.
ATVOD censorship in the UK
Since 2010, the Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) has been imposing increasingly strict regulations on adult content distributed online via streaming and other downloading services. This applies to all adult-related websites based in the UK. Depictions of full bondage and "Sadomasochistic material which goes beyond trifling and transient infliction of injury" is now banned in UK porn.
One response was the creation of Backlash an umbrella organization providing academic, legal and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression. Beginning with Adele's Sponsored Caning (Adele Haze), Dreams of Spanking has created a series of ten free M/F, F/F and femdom protest videos sponsored by Backlash. These depict severe, welt-inducing canings (25 to 50 strokes) in defiance of the "transient and trifling" content rule. Pandora Blake also participated by enduring 50 cane strokes in Pandora's Sponsored Caning. The entire series is available for free viewing and downloading at the company website.
Censorship update and site shutdown
In mid-2015 the ATVOD ruled that the Dreams of Spanking company was in breach of its regulations. As a result, the website has been forced to take down all spanking-related videos and photos. Pandora Blake is currently appealing the ATVOD's decision and hopes to restore the site.
Another British spanking video producer, Bars and Stripes, has transferred ownership of the company to Real Life Spankings in Amsterdam, a producer known for its Spanked-in-Uniform series.
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