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12th Jun '16 3:14:05 PM lledsmar
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* America ''just barely'' avoided this. The MPAA (a non-government organization) along with VIACOM, Disney, and several other companies wanted to pass SOPA/PIPA. This would have allowed corporations to pull down entire websites without any due process what-so-ever if a website so much as had a link to a link to a link to a link to a link to a link to a website with a few blurry images of copyrighted material. One of the excuses used was 'it stops pirating' (it wouldn't since piraters have found ways to hide their websites due to fear of being sued) and 'it's good for the economy' (even though less than 400,000 are employed by the movie/TV industry while literal millions are employed or have their own businesses online). Luckily millions of Americans called bullshit on this and constantly pointed out how large corporations could use this to simply crush their legal online competitors and the bill has since become dead-in-the-water.

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* America ''just barely'' avoided this. The MPAA (a non-government organization) along with VIACOM, Disney, and several other companies [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organizations_with_official_stances_on_the_SOPA_and_PIPA#Removed_supporting_organizations]] wanted to pass SOPA/PIPA. This would have allowed corporations to pull down entire websites without any due process what-so-ever if a website so much as had a link to a link to a link to a link to a link to a link to a website with a few blurry images of copyrighted material. One of the excuses used was 'it stops pirating' (it wouldn't since piraters have found ways to hide their websites due to fear of being sued) and 'it's good for the economy' (even though less than 400,000 are employed by the movie/TV industry while literal millions are employed or have their own businesses online). Luckily millions of Americans called bullshit on this and constantly pointed out how large corporations could use this to simply crush their legal online competitors and the bill has since become dead-in-the-water.
3rd Apr '16 11:52:02 PM erforce
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-->--'''Eric Idle''', "[[ClusterFBomb The FCC Song]]"

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-->--'''Eric -->-- '''Eric Idle''', "[[ClusterFBomb The FCC Song]]"



* ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' had a scene where two ''anatomically incorrect'' marionettes simulate various sex acts. The censors made them cut two extreme examples (both involving bodily waste), but allowed the rest of it...along with scenes of puppets being blown up, decapitated, eaten by live cats, shot to pieces and defenestrated. Evidently that was okay, but puppet scat was a no-no.

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* ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' had a scene where two ''anatomically incorrect'' marionettes simulate various sex acts. The censors made them cut two extreme examples (both involving bodily waste), but allowed the rest of it...along with scenes of puppets being blown up, decapitated, eaten by live cats, shot to pieces and defenestrated. Evidently that was okay, but puppet scat was a no-no.
1st Feb '16 6:44:09 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* ''NoMoreHeroes'' parodied the censorship issue by joking that putting anything more extreme into the game would get the game an AO rating. (An Adults-Only rating is suicide for a game, because [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_63/370-Wal-Mart-Rules a certain large retailer]] refuses to stock games with the AO rating.) [[BreakingTheFourthWall In the dialogue before the final battle, no less]]. There's also the implication that the game would have to be re-edited if the plot point referenced was actually uttered, thereby delaying the game. To top it off, this is all followed by the line, "You don't want this game to become ''NoMoreHeroes [[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever Forever]]'', do you?" This line is in the original Japanese version as well, since CERO (Japan's equivalent of the ESRB) is similar in how they act.

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* ''NoMoreHeroes'' ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' parodied the censorship issue by joking that putting anything more extreme into the game would get the game an AO rating. (An Adults-Only rating is suicide for a game, because [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_63/370-Wal-Mart-Rules a certain large retailer]] refuses to stock games with the AO rating.) [[BreakingTheFourthWall In the dialogue before the final battle, no less]]. There's also the implication that the game would have to be re-edited if the plot point referenced was actually uttered, thereby delaying the game. To top it off, this is all followed by the line, "You don't want this game to become ''NoMoreHeroes ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes [[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever Forever]]'', do you?" This line is in the original Japanese version as well, since CERO (Japan's equivalent of the ESRB) is similar in how they act.
4th Oct '15 11:15:00 AM nombretomado
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* Implied for dark humor in the graphic novel ''TheDarkKnightReturns'', when the news airs the Mutant Leader's ultimatum to Batman, but declares it "unfit for broadcast" past "...and then I'll find your new cop -- your ''woman'' cop -- and I will-"

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* Implied for dark humor in the graphic novel ''TheDarkKnightReturns'', ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', when the news airs the Mutant Leader's ultimatum to Batman, but declares it "unfit for broadcast" past "...and then I'll find your new cop -- your ''woman'' cop -- and I will-"
2nd Oct '15 2:25:05 AM Reddon
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These Media Watchdogs are frequently subjected to ValuesDissonance. In the U.S. and ([[DownplayedTrope somewhat to a lesser extent]]) Britain[[note]]Actually the English-speaking world in general (e.g. Australia)[[/note]], sex and nudity, no matter how mild, will be censored and criticized to hell, even though huge and over-the-top violence is left alone ([[NeverSayDie unless it's on a show targeted to children]]). In Europe, the opposite ([[NotSoDifferent and yet, similar]]) ValuesDissonance happens: sex and nudity can be found easily, but any violence is censored to hell.

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These Media Watchdogs are frequently subjected to ValuesDissonance. In the U.S. Anglosphere[[note]]US/Canada, UK/Ireland, and ([[DownplayedTrope somewhat to a lesser extent]]) Britain[[note]]Actually the English-speaking world in general (e.g. Australia)[[/note]], Australia/New Zealand[[/note]], sex and nudity, no matter how mild, will be censored and criticized to hell, even though huge and over-the-top violence is left alone ([[NeverSayDie unless it's on a show targeted to children]]). In the rest of Europe, the opposite ([[NotSoDifferent and yet, similar]]) ValuesDissonance happens: sex and nudity can be found easily, but any violence is censored to hell.
23rd Aug '15 5:31:18 PM rjd1922
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** This has had a major impact on Tv Tropes itself, which has come under the eye of Google multiple times, cut off from advertising at least once, and bowed to all requests. Many sex oriented tropes, media, and discussions have been eliminated, with records only existing in memory and offsite archives, and guidelines have been established that essentially keep the site PG-13 compatible.
* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." This rule however has only lead to more swearing and political subject matter on Belgian television than in other countries. Sex, violence, racism and religion in itself have rarely been shown on Belgian television and are much more represented in other countries. One could say that legalizing sex and violence on TV removes all the fun of attempting to shoehorn it in. It is however still interesting to know as a MoralGuardian that in Belgium you would be considered a stimulator of criminal activity.

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** This has had a major impact on Tv TV Tropes itself, which has come under the eye of Google multiple times, cut off from advertising at least once, and bowed to all requests. Many sex oriented tropes, media, and discussions have been eliminated, with records only existing in memory and offsite archives, and guidelines have been established that essentially keep the site PG-13 compatible.
* In Belgium Belgium, having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) CensorshipBureau) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." This rule however has only lead to more swearing and political subject matter on Belgian television than in other countries. Sex, violence, racism and religion in itself have rarely been shown on Belgian television and are much more represented in other countries. One could say that legalizing sex and violence on TV removes all the fun of attempting to shoehorn it in. It is however still interesting to know as a MoralGuardian that in Belgium you would be considered a stimulator of criminal activity.
25th Jul '15 7:00:16 PM RAraya
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These Media Watchdogs are frequently subjected to ValuesDissonance. In the U.S, sex and nudity, no matter how mild, will be censored and criticized to hell, even though huge and over-the-top violence is left alone ([[NeverSayDie unless it's on a show targeted to children]]). In Europe, the opposite ([[NotSoDifferent and yet, similar]]) ValuesDissonance happens: sex and nudity can be found easily, but any violence is censored to hell.

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These Media Watchdogs are frequently subjected to ValuesDissonance. In the U.S, S. and ([[DownplayedTrope somewhat to a lesser extent]]) Britain[[note]]Actually the English-speaking world in general (e.g. Australia)[[/note]], sex and nudity, no matter how mild, will be censored and criticized to hell, even though huge and over-the-top violence is left alone ([[NeverSayDie unless it's on a show targeted to children]]). In Europe, the opposite ([[NotSoDifferent and yet, similar]]) ValuesDissonance happens: sex and nudity can be found easily, but any violence is censored to hell.
7th Jul '15 3:04:59 AM hydrix
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* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." This rule however has only lead to more swearing and political subject matter on Belgian television than in other countries. Sex, violence, racism and religion in itself have rarely been shown on Belgian television and are much more represented in other countries. One could say that legalizing sex and violence removes all the fun of attempting to shoehorn it in. It is however still interesting to know as a MoralGuardian that in Belgium you would be considered a stimulator of criminal activity.

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* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." This rule however has only lead to more swearing and political subject matter on Belgian television than in other countries. Sex, violence, racism and religion in itself have rarely been shown on Belgian television and are much more represented in other countries. One could say that legalizing sex and violence on TV removes all the fun of attempting to shoehorn it in. It is however still interesting to know as a MoralGuardian that in Belgium you would be considered a stimulator of criminal activity.
7th Jul '15 3:02:14 AM hydrix
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* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." If you thought being a MoralGuardian was horrible in your own country you may find it interesting to know that Belgium they will think that you stimulate criminal activity. Nevertheless there was a time from 1999 until 2011 when a single complaint was enough to remove your stuff from the shelves due to a revision of article 150 which allowed stuff that was considered to be racist and xenophobic to be put in normal court, but thankfully for the writer it was removed.

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* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." If you thought being a MoralGuardian was horrible This rule however has only lead to more swearing and political subject matter on Belgian television than in your own country you may find other countries. Sex, violence, racism and religion in itself have rarely been shown on Belgian television and are much more represented in other countries. One could say that legalizing sex and violence removes all the fun of attempting to shoehorn it in. It is however still interesting to know as a MoralGuardian that in Belgium they will think that you stimulate criminal activity. Nevertheless there was a time from 1999 until 2011 when a single complaint was enough to remove your stuff from the shelves due to a revision of article 150 which allowed stuff that was would be considered to be racist and xenophobic to be put in normal court, but thankfully for the writer it was removed.a stimulator of criminal activity.
5th Jul '15 2:20:26 PM hydrix
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* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." If you thought being a MoralGuardian was horrible in your own country you may find it interesting to know that Belgium they will think that you stimulate criminal activity.

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* In Belgium having a Media Watchdog (as well as a CensorshipBureau ) is explicitly forbidden as is stated under article 25 of the Belgian constitution (translated): "The printing press is free; Censorship can never be introduced; no security bond can be demanded from writers, publishers or printers. If the writer is known and it lives in Belgium the publisher or printer can not be persecuted." If you thought being a MoralGuardian was horrible in your own country you may find it interesting to know that Belgium they will think that you stimulate criminal activity. Nevertheless there was a time from 1999 until 2011 when a single complaint was enough to remove your stuff from the shelves due to a revision of article 150 which allowed stuff that was considered to be racist and xenophobic to be put in normal court, but thankfully for the writer it was removed.
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