The case has been wending its way through the legal system since April 2010, when GS was charged with nine counts of publishing an obscene article contrary to section 2(1) of the Obscene Publications Act 1959, and one count of possessing an indecent image.What was particularly innovative was that the material in question was a series of text logs of online chats between GS and one other individual.
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They can talk about what might happen and talking to them is confidential.
This is legal dynamite - and in one single judgment catapults the UK to the back of the queue on a range of international indices on freedom of speech.
The change to the law - or clarification as judges might describe it - came about in February when the Appeal Court ruled on a prosecution appeal in respect of an individual identified only as "GS".
When you’re under 18 it’s against the law for anyone to take or have a sexual photo of you – even if it’s a selfie.
This means that if you pressure someone into taking a photo or you share a sexual photo with someone, you’re breaking the law.
Lowdown: Its ‘radar’ system obscures where you are and you have to ‘wink’ at users before they can view your profile.
A chat service means you don’t have to give out your number.
It links you up to singles who are up for sex in your postcode but remember, the more info you put on about yourself, the more you can see about others.
Verdict: Popular with young professionals (we came across a mix of 20-something chefs, builders, students, musicians and lawyers) who aren’t shy when it comes to no strings sex.
Their judgment was published in full, earlier this week, by blogger Obscenity Lawyer, a solicitor and one of the UK's leading legal experts providing advice to defendants on matters of obscenity and extreme porn.