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Ban on 'pornographic' Wikipedia image lifted

Warwick Ashford

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has lifted a ban on a "pornographic" Wikipedia image.

The online encyclopedia appealed against the ban on an image of a naked young girl used on the cover of the 1976 "Virgin Killer" album by German heavy metal band, The Scorpions.

Most UK internet service providers blocked access to the image and text of the Wikipedia entry on The Scorpions after the IWF blacklisted the image.

UK Wikipedia users were up in arms after 95% were blocked from accessing the article and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told Channel 4 News he was considering challenging the ban.

"The IWF was clearly over-reaching its remit when it blocked the text page on Wikipedia - there is nothing illegal about the description of the album. I would also question its wisdom in trying to block the image itself," he said.

The IWF said in a statement it had decided to lift the ban "in light of the length of time the image has existed and its wide availability".


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