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Dude with the dog:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/09/nazi-salute-dog-man-faces-hate-crime-charge-scotland

Nazi dog video. Interesting that it’s still public, because YouTube is apparently a safer place for speech than Scotland. But we’ll see how long that lasts.

Arrested under this section of the 2003 Communications Act:
127 Improper use of public electronic communications network
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—
(a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or
(b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.
(2) A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, he—
(a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,
(b) causes such a message to be sent; or
(c) persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.
(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.
(4) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42)).

Just one more example of the attack on speech by social justice warriors of all kinds.

In the US, the Court would strike down subsection 1(a) being overbroad, because there is no static definition of “grossly offensive”, “indecent”, “obscene”, or “menacing” character. Even for pornographic materials, the “Miller Test” is applied, and every word has been meticulously examined in the Miller decision so that “prurient interest” and “patently offensive” are well defined. And, even if this dog video *was* “patently offensive”, it would pass the third section of the Miller test by having an artistic value.

This is why the threat to freedom of speech in other parts of the globe is very real, and very scary.

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