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The Video Recordings Act 1984 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that was passed in 1984. It states that commercial video recordings offered for sale or for hire within the UK must carry a classification that has been agreed upon by an authority designated by the Home Office. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which had been instrumental in the certification of motion pictures since 1912, was designated as the classifying authority in 1985. Works are classified by the BBFC under an age-rated system (see motion picture rating systems); it is an offence under the Act to supply video works to individuals who are (or appear to be) under the age of the classification designated. Works that are refused classification cannot, under the Act, be legally sold or supplied

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  • The Video Recordings Act 1984 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that was passed in 1984. It states that commercial video recordings offered for sale or for hire within the UK must carry a classification that has been agreed upon by an authority designated by the Home Office. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which had been instrumental in the certification of motion pictures since 1912, was designated as the classifying authority in 1985. Works are classified by the BBFC under an age-rated system (see motion picture rating systems); it is an offence under the Act to supply video works to individuals who are (or appear to be) under the age of the classification designated. Works that are refused classification cannot, under the Act, be legally sold or supplied
  • Video Recordings Act 1984 är en brittisk parlamentsakt från 1984. Den säger att butiker som säljer och hyr ut videofilmer måste vara godkända av Home Office. British Board of Film Classification utsågs 1985 till godkännande myndighet. Dessutom krävdes förhandsgranskning av dator- och TV-spel med sex, våld eller tvång i samband med sex eller som visade grovt våld mot människor eller djur. Den långa titeln var "An Act to make provision for regulating the distribution of video recordings and for connected purposes". 2010 ersattes lagen av Video Recordings Act 2010.
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  • England and Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
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  • Graham Bright MP
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  • An Act to make provision for regulating the distribution of video recordings and for connected purposes.
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  • Parliament of the United Kingdom
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  • Video Recordings Act 1984
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  • The Video Recordings Act 1984 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that was passed in 1984. It states that commercial video recordings offered for sale or for hire within the UK must carry a classification that has been agreed upon by an authority designated by the Home Office. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which had been instrumental in the certification of motion pictures since 1912, was designated as the classifying authority in 1985. Works are classified by the BBFC under an age-rated system (see motion picture rating systems); it is an offence under the Act to supply video works to individuals who are (or appear to be) under the age of the classification designated. Works that are refused classification cannot, under the Act, be legally sold or supplied to anyone of any age unless it is educational, or to do with a sport, religion or music and does not depict violence, sex or incite a criminal offence. The BBFC may also require cuts to be made, either to receive a certain age rating, or to be allowed a classification at all. In August 2009 it was discovered that the Act was unenforceable as the European Commission was not notified about it, as required by Directive 83/189 (see now Directive 98/34). Directive 83/189 had to be implemented by 31 March 1984 (12 months after its notification to the Member States). Until this situation was rectified, it was legal to sell and supply unclassified videos and computer games, although many retailers had agreed to observe the regulations voluntarily. Then pending prosecutions under the Act were abandoned, but the government has claimed that past convictions cannot be challenged. In December 2009 the government introduced new legislation, the Video Recordings Act 2010, which repealed and immediately revived the Video Recordings Act 1984, after the required notification was provided to the European Commission in October 2009. This legislation, which was enacted under the "fast-track" procedure (and therefore was expedited through Parliament), made the 1984 Act enforceable once again, as well as allowing it to be amended by the Digital Economy Act 2010. In December 2014 streaming and on demand services were brought under the remit of this act via the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014.
  • Video Recordings Act 1984 är en brittisk parlamentsakt från 1984. Den säger att butiker som säljer och hyr ut videofilmer måste vara godkända av Home Office. British Board of Film Classification utsågs 1985 till godkännande myndighet. Dessutom krävdes förhandsgranskning av dator- och TV-spel med sex, våld eller tvång i samband med sex eller som visade grovt våld mot människor eller djur. Den långa titeln var "An Act to make provision for regulating the distribution of video recordings and for connected purposes". I augusti 2009 visade det sig att Storbritanniens regering glömt att skicka in lagen till Europeiska kommissionen, vilket gjort att lagen i teorin aldrig kunnat gälla. 2010 ersattes lagen av Video Recordings Act 2010.
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