Such works have also often been subject to censorship and other legal restraints to publication, display, or possession, leading in many cases to their loss.
Such grounds, and even the definition of pornography, have differed in various historical, cultural, and national contexts.
The authors were charged with "corrupting the King's subjects." The world's first law criminalizing pornography was the English Obscene Publications Act 1857 enacted at the urging of the Society for the Suppression of Vice The Act, which applied to the United Kingdom and Ireland, made the sale of obscene material a statutory offence, giving the courts power to seize and destroy offending material.
The English Act did not apply to Scotland, where the common law continued to apply.
However, neither the English nor the United States Act defined what constituted "obscene", leaving this for the courts to determine.
The 1896 film Le Coucher de la Mariée showed Louise Willy performing a striptease.
Pirou's film inspired a genre of risqué French films showing women disrobing and other filmmakers realised profits could be made from such films.
They did not know what to do with the frank depictions of sexuality and endeavored to hide them away from everyone but upper-class scholars.
The moveable objects were locked away in the Secret Museum in Naples and what could not be removed was covered and cordoned off as to not corrupt the sensibilities of women, children, and the working classes.
Social attitudes towards the discussion and presentation of sexuality have become more tolerant in Western countries, and legal definitions of obscenity have become more limited, notably beginning in 1969 with Blue Movie by Andy Warhol, the first adult erotic film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States, and the subsequent Golden Age of Porn (1969-1984), leading to an industry for the production and consumption of pornography in the latter half of the 20th century.
The introduction of home video and the Internet saw a boom in the worldwide porn industry that generates billions of dollars annually.
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