67. The case of R v Perrin (Stephane Laurent) 2002 established that the creation of a web page was sufficient to establish publication and that a jury only had to be satisfied that there was a likelihood of vulnerable persons seeing the obscene material. The prosecution did not have to demonstrate that such a person actually did or would see it. Page 1 of 18 Indecent and obscene materials version 1.0 Published for Home Office staff on 14 October 2015. For one, federal law prohibits the use of misleading domain names, words, or digital images on the Internet with intent to deceive a minor into viewing harmful or obscene material (See 18 … Chanchal sues Indian Online Ltd. (IOL) for allowing a subscriber Rajat to use its chat room for making video tapes and photographs of child pornography in which Chancel's minor son appears. The crucial issue is the nature of the "obscene material". Publishing of information which is obscene in electronic form. This guidance is based on the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and the Protection of Children Act 1978 Introduction. United States 383 U.S. 463 (1966) On June 14, 1968, Ralph Ginzburg and three corporations he controlled were convicted in a federal district court in Pennsylvania for sending through the mail three obscene publications. [6] Under the 1959 Act, the test is in s1(1) "deprave and corrupt". Sometimes, material is classified as “harmful to minors” (or obscene as to minors), even though adults can have access to the same material. Over the years, there have been cases of publication of these materials in Nigerian newspapers and despite the provision of the Law that guards against the publication, it seems like the newspapers have turned a deaf ear to the provision. The principal provisions of law concerning the criminalization of publication and circulation of materials with obscene content are Sections 292 – 294 of the Indian Penal Code of 1860. The crime of obscenity prohibits the publication, distribution or advertisement of “obscene” materials. There are also laws to protect children from obscene or harmful material on the Internet. The 1959 Act only creates an offence relating to the sale, production, promotion or publication of material that is obscene for the purposes of the Act. The prosecution said that these publications were obscene in the context of their publication, sale and attendant publicity. Case study: Obscene publications and the internet. The definition of publication was amended in February 2005 to cover the digital era. Publication is defined in section 1(3)[3], obscenity is defined in section 1(1)[4], and article is defined in section 1(2)[5]. Information Technology Act, 2000. Indecent and obscene materials . The Obscene Publication Act 1959[1] creates the statutory criminal offence of the publication of obscene articles[2]. In view of