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By: Jon Heifetz Re: CIS ANNOUNCEMENT/LIST 1/3 Here is CIS's press release and a list of banned newsgroups, as posted to Computer Underground Digest. ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 09:58:30 -0600 From: Stephen Smith Subject: File 2-- The CI$ press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: William Giles Russ Robinson CompuServe Incorporated CompuServe Incorporated 614/ 538-4388 614/ 538-4274 COMPUSERVE(R) SUSPENDS ACCESS TO SPECIFIC INTERNET NEWSGROUPS COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 28, 1995 -- During the past week, CompuServe Incorporated temporarily suspended access to more than 200 Internet newsgroups in response to a direct mandate from the prosecutor s office in Germany. Each of the newsgroups that was suspended was specifically identified to CompuServe by the German authorities as illegal under German criminal law. CompuServe did not select any groups or determine the nature of the newsgroups that have been impacted by this action. German government officials, as part of an investigation of illegal material on the Internet, ordered CompuServe to do what was necessary with respect to specified newsgroups in order to comply with German law. German authorities are investigating newsgroups and other Internet content that may contain child pornography, other pornographic material illegal for adults, as well as content that although not illegal for adults is of such an explicit nature that it is illegal for minors. While access has been suspended, CompuServe continues to work with German authorities to resolve this matter. CompuServe cannot alter the content on the Internet in any way and has only suspended access to the disputed newsgroups through CIS. The issues being investigated in Germany, like those being addressed across the industry, need to remain focused on the individuals and groups placing content on the Internet. CompuServe, as an access provider, is not responsible for the origination or nature of content on the Internet over which it has no creative or editorial control. The global market is vital to CompuServe. We currently have 500,000 members in Western Europe and anticipate doubling that number in the next year. As the leading global service, CompuServe must comply with the laws of the many countries in which we operate. However, laws in different countries are often in conflict, and this creates new challenges unique to the emerging online industry. CompuServe is investigating ways in which we can restrict user access to selected newsgroups by geographical location. ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 10:04:16 -0600 From: Stephen Smith Subject: File 3-- List of CIS banned newsgroups I must admit that I am not familiar with _all_ of these newsgroups, but this is reported to be an accurate list of the groups blocked by CompuServe at the request of the Bavarian prosecutors. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.teen alt.binaries.erotic.senior-citizens alt.binaries.multimedia.erotica alt.binaries.pictures.black.erotic.females alt.binaries.pictures.erotic.anime alt.binaries.pictures.erotic.centerfolds alt.binaries.pictures.erotic.senior-citizens alt.binaries.pictures.erotica alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.amateur.d alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.amateur.female alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.amateur.male alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.animals alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.anime 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