Adult web sites that adjust to the brand new Utah Warning Indicators Act
Some adult entertainment websites have begun complying with a new law in Utah that will mandate warnings about pornographic material online. Pornhub, XTube, and RedTube have included an opt-in notice for visitors stating that Utah believes that pornographic material can be harmful if viewed by minors. KSTU-TV reports.
Republican MP Brady Brammer sponsored the online warning bill, saying the law does not prevent adults from viewing online pornography.
The legislation allows private civil claims against websites to be brought to court for displaying obscene material, but requires a court order that material be declared obscene.
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Republican Governor Gary Herbert passed the bill into law without his signature.
“It turns out that many companies are more concerned about their paperback than about prosecution,” Brammer said of the websites’ compliance with the law.
Brammer wants to expand the legislation to allow lawsuits against adult websites, even if their owners are not known immediately.
The warning sign has already alerted parents when children were redirected to adult websites from other websites and informed them of filters for parents, Brammer said.
The measure was criticized when it was introduced earlier this year and threatened by lawsuits from the adult entertainment industry. Adult website XHamster has posted a parody warning for viewers in Utah on its website.
Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition, said the first change would limit the government’s ability to enforce language regardless of the message. The trade group that represents the adult entertainment industry has not advised members to comply with the law, he said.
“Individual companies may choose to comply because it is easier than legal action or fines,” Stabile said in an email.