The Integrity of Aberration
Category: Sex, Love & Erotic
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, moral rights
, free speech
, human rights
Copyright, Pornography and the Moral Rights of the Pornographer
A radical, revisionist examination of the concept of "moral rights" inherent in principles of author/work integrity in copyright law as systematically violated by Australia's film classification and censorship system in violation of the nation's responsibilities to International Law. The essay juxtaposes the concept of authorital integrity in relation to specifically pornographic / sexually explicit / transgressive works (primarily film) with the notions of "offence to a reasonable adult" used by Australian cnesors to justify their suppression of ideological discourse threatening to, and aesthetic devices deliberately transgressive of, the Christian morality underlying Australia's censorship system - historically the strictest of any so-called "democracy". The essay examines the practices and standards of the means of bureacratic censorship as an Australian institution which in effect denies copyright integrity to any work unless it conforms to acceptable standards of aesthetic and ideological discourse before being the granted to be freely disseminated to the Australian populace, a procedure which puts Australia firmly at odds with UN Article 19 and the right to freely seek out information "regardless of frontiers". The Integrity of Aberration was librarian, film scholar and ALIA member Robert Cettl's assessment of the legal issues impacting an objective study of pornography and adult cinema in Australia and would be raw material for the elucidation of pornography as Transgressionism and sexually explicit material as the "aesthetics of offence" in the subsequent report into library ethics, pornography and censorship in Objective Material.
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About the Author
Robert Cettl is a freelance author and digital publisher.
He has a BA (Hons) from the Flinders University of South Australia - which included an international student exchange scholarship to the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale in the USA. In addition, he holds a GRAD DIP (Inf. Stud.) from the University of South Australia and a GRAD CERT (TESOL) from Flinders University. In 2010 he was a SAR Research Fellow at Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. He is an associate member of ALIA (Australian Library & Information Association) and an independent filmmaker.
His published works of film non-fiction for renowned Academic publisher McFarland - Serial Killer Cinema: an Analytical Filmography with an Introduction and Terrorism in American Cinema - have been collected by such as Yale University Library, the British Film Institute and the National Libraries of China and Australia. His interests are censorship history, erotic film and transgression theory. He currently balances Academic writing and social publishing as a freelance author and independent digital publisher / ebook designer branching into multi-media.
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