It is a measure of just how deeply Britons feel about their right to access legal pornography that even the impending arrival of a royal sprog has not managed to bury the news. But internet subscribers who opt out would still be in violation of the law if they searched for porn that depicts rape or children. These measures are not uncontroversial— pressure groups , academics and the press have been quick to point out loopholes, technical backdoors and other shortcomings. Indeed, blocking websites, whether they are legal or not, has widely been criticized as fruitless and ineffective, with many arguing for provisions to take down content instead. Viewing adult pornography online is not, however, a crime, which is why Britain will still allow adults to ask for unfiltered access to the internet.
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