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In the context of hardcore and softcore pornographic movies, unsimulated means real sex acts which are filmed as is, while simulated means, that the act of lovemaking or other erotic behaviours is suggested, not performed in reality, thus: simulated.

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United Kingdom, 18 films may show simulated sex acts

In the United Kingdom, the X certificate was created by the British Board of Film Censors (a.k.a. BBFC) in 1951. It indicated that a film was intended for adults only, defined as those aged seventeen or over.

The X certificate was replaced by the 18 certificate in 1982. The less restrictive R18 certificate was subsequently created for pornographic films which may only be sold in designated sex shops. In general, 18 films may show simulated sex acts, but R18 films may show real sex acts. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-rated [Jun 2004]


"We [the BBFC] don't normally allow depictions of unsimulated sex in an 18 film, unless they can be exceptionally justified by the context of he film," Craig Lapper, the board's chief assistant in charge of policy told BBC News Online. --http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3723923.stm [Sept 2004]

The Debate around Simulated Pornography

The question has arisen whether materials which appear to, but in fact do not involve actual under-age persons (for instance because adult actors or computer animation were used) should also be treated as prohibited child pornography.

Proponents of such a prohibition argue that these materials might encourage child molesters, and that the availability of simulated child pornography would make the prosecution of true child pornography much harder. Opponents of the prohibition claim that simulated child pxrnxgraphy does not harm children and should therefore fall under the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press.

The United States Supreme Court decided in 2002 that the American prohibition of simulated child pornography is unconstitutional (Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition (http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-795.ZS.html)).

UK law has dealt with simulated images since 1994, when the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act introduced indecent pseudo-photographs of children. In the Netherlands from October 2002 seemingly real child pornography is treated like real. In Germany real and realistic depictions were never treated differently by law. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_pornography#Simulated_child_pornography [Nov 2004]

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