The British authorities have prosecuted a man under the Obscene Publications Act for allegedly posting a fictional story to the Internet
, which describes the rape and murder of the band Girls Aloud. The story, "Girls (Scream) Aloud", was posted to the website Kristen Archives last year
. One blogger notes how the story, and stories of a similar nature, are still available online
. A case for purely written material has not reached court since Inside Linda Lovelace in 1976
, which resulted in a Not Guilty verdict, and this is the first use of the law against material posted to the Internet.
If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. This was recently raised from three years in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008
- the same act that introduces a new law criminalising possession of "extreme" adult images