As readers may remember, I wrote a few days ago about the obscenity laws in Canada. Sex with horror or violence can be obscene -- mere horror or violence cannot be obscene.
Now the video on bestgore.com apparently showed the murder and dismemberment of 33-year old Chinese student Jun Lin, by Luka Rocco Magnotta. Mr. Magnotta then performed some type of sexual act with the corpse or part thereof.
That video is, if anything is, obscene. But what makes it obscene isn't the sexual activity -- it's the murder and dismemberment. The sexual activity standing alone is irrelevant. It's the killing that matters.
So, let's change the Criminal Code definition of obscene to remove sex and just focus on horror or violence?
MONTREAL—Montreal police are examining whether to pursue charges against the owner of an Edmonton-based web site whose raison d'être is to show real depictions of gore and death.
Lafreniere told reporters the charge could be publishing obscene material. Police complained during the investigation that the site's owner refused to take down the video.