Video Recordings Act 1984 and the restraint of trade

March 30, 2015

There is an inherent conflict between free trade and any regime which requires all products to be classified before they can be placed on the market. This article provides an introduction to this issue as it affects the classification of video works in the UK. Consideration is given to the purpose and colourful history of the Video Recordings Act 1984, the BBFC, relevant European jurisprudence and the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in R v Dryzner.

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