We all know that there are many foreign / international adult webmasters and there are some very well known ones based in England however, before you start building your online empire what are the legalities regarding the type of content you can and cant use on your adult pornographic sites?

To be honest with you, there are no 'defined' laws in England (At the time of writing this article) regarding the use of online media to promote adult activities however, it is a commonly held belief that as long as you stay to the same standard as what most 'top shelf magazines' or 'R18 Videos' have in them you shouldn't go far wrong.

So what are these standards? That's the information that I am about to give you.

Content that IS NOT acceptable.

1) Any material which is in breach of the criminal law.

2) Material (including dialogue) likely to encourage an interest in abusive sexual activity (e.g., pedophilia, incest) which may include depictions involving adults role-playing as non-adults.

3) The portrayal of any sexual activity, whether real or simulated, which involves lack of consent.

4) The infliction of pain or physical harm, real or (in a sexual context) simulated. Some allowance may be made for mild consensual activity.

5) Any sexual threats or humiliation which do not form part of a clearly consenting role-playing game.

6) The use of any form of physical restraint which prevents participants from withdrawing consent, for example, ball gags.

7) Penetration by any object likely to cause actual harm or associated with violence.

8) Activity which is degrading or dehumanizing (examples include the portrayal of bestiality, necrophilia, defecation, urolagnia).

As you can see from the above, there ARE very specific guidelines regarding water sports, animality and, some of the more 'out there' fetishes.

Now you know what you cant use on your adult sites, lets take a look at the list of sexual activities that you can use. Its no surprise that the list of what you can use is considerably shorter.

Content that MAY BE acceptable.

1) Aroused genitalia.

2) Masturbation.

3) Oral-genital contact including kissing, licking and sucking.

4) Penetration by finger, penis, tongue, vibrator or dildo.

5) Non-harmful fetish material.

6) Group sexual activity.

7) Ejaculation and semen.

It also worth noting that the above guidelines are not distinguished between heterosexual or homosexual activities.

So, that's the low down on what the current status of affairs are with regards to the use of adult content on websites in England and Wales. Actually, that's not to bad just ensure that you stay within these guidelines and, more importantly, that you do consult a solicitor before commencing any form of adult business after all, that's what they are there for, to give you SOUND legal advice instead of basic 'guidelines'.

Article written by Lee.