Euro Cult Movie Forum => British Films => Topic started by: Fearlono on 25 Aug 2009 - 13:08

Title: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Fearlono on 25 Aug 2009 - 13:08
 I don't post here very often but thought you chaps may find this of interest.
"The discovery of a Whitehall blunder means that the 1984 law regulating the video industry was never enacted.
The disclosure that for 25 years the Video Recordings Act governing the classification and sale of videos, video games and now DVDs was never brought into force is a big embarrassment to both Conservative and Labour governments.
It also leaves the industry in disarray with the classification system no longer officially in operation.
Police and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are to be told to stop bringing any prosecutions until the Government brings in emergency legislation to re-enact the 1984 Video Recordings Act. Until then people will be able to sell videos, including violent and pornographic ones, to people without fear of prosecution.
The video industry was stunned by the Government’s admission that the Act was not properly enacted 25 years ago. Officials in the Home Office had failed to notify the European Commission of the existence of the Act as they were required to do so under an EU directive.
The mistake was not spotted on two subsequent occasions, in 1993 and 1994. It was finally discovered during plans to update the law and introduce a new video-game classification system.
Barbara Follett, Minister for Culture and Tourism, said last night: Unfortunately, the discovery of this omission means that, a quarter of a century later, the Video Recordings Act is no longer enforceable against individuals in United Kingdom courts. In a letter to representatives of the video industry, Follett said: As the then British Government did not notify the European Commission of the VRA’s classification and labelling requirements, they cannot now be enforced against individuals in UK courts.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that it had received legal advice that people who had previously been prosecuted and convicted would be unable to overturn their convictions or seek compensation. [Sounds like bollox to me, how can you not fail to overturn a conviction for a law that was not enacted].
The British Video Association said that it is urging members to continue submitting work to the British Board of Film Classification and to continue labelling them under the system."
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Jonny on 25 Aug 2009 - 13:19
I'm burning off DVD-R's of my home movies ready to sell out side local schools as I type. It won't be long until this is all sorted out so I'm striking while the iron is hot!
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Fearlono on 25 Aug 2009 - 13:27
I have access to an ice cream van; let's do this !
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Jonny on 25 Aug 2009 - 13:31
I have access to an ice cream van; let's do this !

Can we play Whitehouse through the van's PA? I'm in if that's a goer.
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Fearlono on 25 Aug 2009 - 13:36
Can we play Whitehouse through the van's PA? I'm in if that's a goer.

Those bastards made me deaf last year. Went to see them at an Irish centre (?) in Leeds and thought I was a hard man for going in without ear-plugs. Never again..
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Kevin Coed on 25 Aug 2009 - 14:48
I saw them a few times in the nineties. One gig was possibly the most violent gig I've ever been to - and I've been to some pretty violent gigs in my time.
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Fearlono on 25 Aug 2009 - 14:58
I have a cassette of the legendary early 80's gig where they played above a pub, locked the bewildered audience in the room, and submitted them to massive sonic attack. The police arrive and can be heard dealing with screaming punters while Whitehouse escaped via a toilet window with wasp synthesizers tucked under their SS trench coats. Beautiful.

 Sadly I missed their TOTP performance.
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Kevin Coed on 25 Aug 2009 - 15:02
It's really funny hearing Phillip Best's squeaky little voice when the landlord is giving him a row at the end of that gig.
Title: Re: 1984 Act governing video censorship was never properly enacted
Post by: Fearlono on 25 Aug 2009 - 15:06
Ha ha, yes, he sounds like he doesn't want to get grounded if his Dad finds out !