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 Update: Cat Sick Blues...

New Zealand film censors bans horror film rated 15 in Australia after the distributor refuses to implement cuts


Link Here 24th March 2017  full story: Banned Films in New Zealand...OFLC sees films as somehow 'objectionable'
Cat Sick Blues DVD Cat Sick Blues is a 2015 Australia horror by Dave Jackson.
Starring Matthew C Vaughan, Shian Denovan and Noah Moon. IMDb

When Ted's beloved cat dies, the trauma triggers a terrible mental breakdown. His broken brain prompts him to bring his feline friend back - all he needs is nine human lives. Ted dons vicious deadly cat claw gloves and a creepy cat mask, and goes on a murderous rampage. As the butchery escalates, a twisted romance blossoms between Ted and Claire, a young woman who has also recently lost her cat in a horrifying incident.

This Australian censorship board classified the film MA 15+ for strong horror violence and coarse language.

However the New Zealand film censors at the OFLC banned the film as objectionable , with the explanation:

The publication is a low-budget horror film from Australia about a demented serial killer who chooses a rape victim as his next target.

Two excisions were required to remove part of a scene (and related content in a behind-the-scenes component) that causes the DVD to tend to promote and support the use of violence to compel a person to submit to sexual conduct, and the infliction of extreme violence and extreme cruelty under s3(2)(b) and s3(2)(f) of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.

If the excisions had been made, the DVD would have been classified R18 due to the high extent and degree of gruesome horror, the infliction of serious physical harm and cruelty, and sexual violence.

The distributor declined to make the excisions, so the DVD is classified as objectionable.

 

 Updated: Beastly homophobic film censors...

Beauty and the Beast banned in Kuwait, effectively banned in Russia, and recently unbanned in Malaysai


Link Here 24th March 2017
Poster Beauty and the Beast 2017 Bill Condon Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 USA family musical romance by Bill Condon.
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. IMDb

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Malaysian censors ordered cuts to the cinema release of Beauty and the Beast, removing what its creators say is a gay moment. Even after the cuts, the censors imposed a P13 rating (a 13A in UK terms). But according to a media report, Walt Disney decided anyway to shelve the film's Thursday release in the country.

Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid told The Star Online the film has been approved with a P13 parental guidance classification, with a minor cut.

Since 2010 Malaysia's film censorship rules allow the depiction of gay characters, but only if those characters show repentance or are portrayed in a negative light.

Meanwhile the Russian government has opted to give the film a rather unviable 16+ rating, a restrictive rating preventing children below that age from seeing the film.

Vyacheslav Telnov, director of the Culture Ministry's cinema department, told Russian entertainment site KinoPoisk.ru:

We will issue the film distribution license without any problems. The minimum age is 16+.

A 2013 Russian law bans promotion of homosexuality among minors. The law describes homosexuality as non-traditional sexual relations.

Update: Unbanned after Malaysia loses face

22nd March 2017 See  article from rappler.com

Malaysia flagDisney's movie Beauty and the Beast has won an appeal against censorship and will now be released uncut with a PG 13 rating.

Malaysian authorities had initially demanded cuts but Disney refused to oblige the censors, choosing to instead to appeal the decision

Disney have now won that appeal, a decision perhaps linked to some members of parliament questioning the need to censor the film, arguing that the debacle was giving Malaysia bad publicity.

Update: Banned in Kuwait

24th March 2017 See  article from al.com

UAE flagBeauty and the Beast opened in Kuwait last week with a PG-13 rating, but by this week, the nation's government-owned cinema company, which runs 11 out of the 13 theaters in the Persian Gulf country, announced that all screenings had been canceled and offered a full refund to anyone who had purchased a ticket.

One board member of the National Cinema Co. told the Associated Press:

We were requested to stop the screening and further censor the movie for things that were deemed offensive by the Ministry of Information's censorship department.

At issue, apparently, is a scene in which a supporting character, LeFou, is depicted as having a romantic fascination for Gaston and is shown dancing with another man in a ballroom scene said to be three seconds long.

 

  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions


Link Here 24th March 2017
filmFilm Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

Britain on Film: Black Britain

BBFC uncut
uncut
12A 91:12s Britain on Film: Black Britain is a 2017 documentary film
Starring David Olusoga. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12A uncut for drug references for:

  • 2017 cinema release

The Handmaiden

 

Poster Ahgassi 2016 Chanwook Park

BBFC uncut
Director's Cut
18 168:25s The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) is a 2016 South Korea romance by Chan-wook Park.
Starring Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha and Jin-woong Jo. BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong sex, sex references for:

  • 2017 cinema release

Versions

The Theatrical Version is 24 minutes shorter and was previously passed 18 uncut by the BBFC with the same consumer advice

Summary Notes

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

Table 19

  table 19

BBFC uncut
uncut
12A 87:04s Table 19 is a 2016 comedy drama by Jeffrey Blitz.
Starring Anna Kendrick, Amanda Crew and Wyatt Russell. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate sex references, infrequent strong language, drug misuse for:

  • 2017 cinema release
Summary Notes

A story told from the point of view of the collection of strangers grouped together at a wedding's "singles table".

filmCommunity Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

Deli Ask

BBFC uncut
uncut
12A 104:07s Deli Ask is a 2017 comedy film by Murat Dundar and Murat Emre Kaman.
Starring Cem Yilmaz, Zafer Algöz and Pelin Akil. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references for:

  • 2017 cinema release
videoFilm on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

Gleason

Poster Gleason 2016 Clay Tweel As J Clay Tweel

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 106:43s Gleason is a 2016 USA documentary by Clay Tweel (as J Clay Tweel).
Starring Steve Gleason. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language for:

  • 2017 Arrow Film Distributors [Part Subtitled] video
Summary Notes

At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do - LIVE: with purpose, for his newborn son, for his wife, and to help others with his disease.

The Goddess

BBFC uncut
uncut
PG 78:27s The Goddess is a drama by Wu Yonggang.
Starring Lingyu Ruan, Zhizhi Zhang and Keng Li. BBFC link

UK: Passed PG uncut for infrequent mild sex references, violence, language for:

  • 2017 BFI Video [Silent] video
TV CensorshipTV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

Down the Mighty River With Steve Backshall

BBFC uncut
uncut
12
PG
59:04s
58:41s
Down the Mighty River With Steve Backshall is a documentary
Starring Steve Backshall. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language
  • Season 1, Episode 2 Passed PG for mild bad language, threat, injury detail

Prime Suspect 1973

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 264:41s Prime Suspect 1973 is a crime drama by David Caffrey.
Starring Stefanie Marntini, Sam Reid and Blake Harrison. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1-6 Passed 15 for strong language, sex, violence, injury detail

Taboo

BBFC uncut
uncut
15
18
56:44s
57:04s
58:05s
57:10s
56:24s
Taboo is a drama by Anders Engström and Kristoffer Nyholm.
Starring Tom Hardy, Jonathan Pryce and Richard Dixon. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed 18 for strong violence, gory images
  • Season 1, Episode 5 Passed 15 for strong threat, violence, bloody images, language, sex
  • Season 1, Episode 6 Passed 15 for strong language, sex, violence, gory images
  • Season 1, Episode 7 Passed 15 for scenes of torture, sexual images, strong language
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 15 for strong language, violence, gore
videoMusic on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

The Smart Studios Story

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 90:04s The Smart Studios Story is a music documentary by Wendy Schneider.
Starring Dave Grohl, Shirley Manson and Billy Corgan. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references for:

  • 2017 American Noise, LLC vod
videoChildren's DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

Easter Bunny Adventure

BBFC uncut
uncut
U 71:29s Easter Bunny Adventure is a children's cartoon comedy by Evan Tramel.
Starring Danni DanDan Gadigan (voice), William McNamara (voice) and Bill Oberst Jr (voice). BBFC link

UK: Passed U uncut for no material likely to offend or harm for:

  • 2017 Signature Entertainment video
PreviewComing Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 08 March 2017

 

      Trailers:
  • The Handmaiden
  • Life
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar's Revenge
  • The Transfiguration

 

  Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA...

Latest classification decisions


Link Here 24th March 2017
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Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

  MPAA
R rated
  Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, nudity and sexual content.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Inconceivable

  MPAA
R rated
  Rated R for some violence, sexuality, nudity and language.

Lionsgate Premiere

Leap!

Poster Army Dog 2015 Ezra Kemp

  MPAA
PG
  Leap! is a 2015 USA action film by Ezra Kemp.
Starring Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien and Stelio Savante. Youtube link IMDb

Rated PG for some impolite humor, and action.

The Weinstein Company, LCC

Summary Notes

Casper van Dien plays Army Sargent Tom Holloway. His partner and best friend is his bomb sniffing dog Conner. They go through a lot together so when Tom is ready to retire he returns home to his family with Conner in tow. Unfortunately his daughter Tara, played by Casper's real life daughter Grace, isn't all that pleased to have a new family member. She really missed her dad for all those years he was away and she naturally wants him all to herself now. Seeing him spending his time with Conner instead fills her with jealousy. Tom can see the anxiety his daughter is experiencing so he decides to take her and Conner on a camping trip to help them bond closer together and possibly even learn a little about teamwork. Unfortunately once in the mountains an unexpected occurrence leads to a danger filled adventure that tests the three campers.

The Little Hours

Poster Little Hours 2017 Jeff Baena

  MPAA
R rated
  The Little Hours is a 2017 Canada / USA comedy by Jeff Baena.
Starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco and Kate Micucci. IMDb

Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language.

Nunz, LLC

Summary Notes

A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.

Mudbound

 

  MPAA
R rated
  Mudbound is a 2017 USA drama by Dee Rees.
Starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell. IMDb

Rated R for some disturbing violence, brief language and nudity.

Mudbound Productions Inc

Summary Notes

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Never Let Go

  MPAA
R rated
  Rated R for violence, bloody images and some language.

Latitude Films - [Production Co.]

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Poster Norman the Moderate Rise and Tr 2016 Joseph Cedar

mpaa cut
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MPAA
R rated
  Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a 2016 Israel / USA thriller by Joseph Cedar.
Starring Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi and Michael Sheen. IMDb

Rated R for some language

NOTE: CONTENT IS DIFFERENT FROM APPEALED VERSION, BULLETIN NO. 2465, (3/1/17). ONLY THIS VERSION IS RATED.

Sony Pictures Classics

Versions

Originally rated R by the MPAA. The producers appealed seeking a PG-13 rating but were unsuccessful. The producers then cut the film seeking a PG-13 but the MPAA again awarded the film an R rating.

Summary Notes

Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.

Sidney Hall

 

  MPAA
R rated
  Sidney Hall is a 2017 USA drama by Shawn Christensen.
Starring Michelle Monaghan, Elle Fanning and Logan Lerman. IMDb

Rated R for language and some sexual references.

Super Crispy Entertainment

Summary Notes

Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.

Thank You For Your Service

  MPAA
R rated
  Rated R for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity.

Universal Studios

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Poster Three Billboards Outside Ebbing 2017 Martin Mcdonagh

  MPAA
R rated
  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 USA / UK crime film by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish and Woody Harrelson. IMDb

Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc.

Summary Notes

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Time of Death

  MPAA
R rated
  Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some drug use.

24 HTL (U.S.), LLC

Valley of Bones

Poster Valley of Bones 2017 Dan Glaser

  MPAA
R rated
  Valley of Bones is a 2017 USA crime western thriller by Dan Glaser.
Starring Autumn Reeser, Rhys Coiro and Steven Molony. IMDb

Rated R for violence, drug use, language and some nudity.

Smith Global Media

Summary Notes

"Valley of Bones" is a nail-biting adventure thriller set in the oil-rich Badlands of western North Dakota. Anna, a single mother and paleontologist, and McCoy, a meth-addicted oil worker, form an unlikely bond as they both struggle to make amends for their criminal pasts. Their hopes lay in the form of a monumental T. rex fossil, the discovery potentially worth millions. Anna needs this once-in-a-lifetime find to set both her career and her relationship with her son back on track. McCoy needs the money to pay off his debts to a local cartel boss and to save his own young daughter's life. With their motivations over the bones pulling them in opposite directions, can Anna and McCoy trust one another or will they soon turn into adversaries themselves?

Wonder Woman

  MPAA
PG-13
  Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.

NOTE: THIS FILM IS LIVE ACTION.

Warner Bros. Pictures

 

  Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Multiple Maniacs, Robocop 3, Evolution


Link Here 24th March 2017
Title Cuts Cert Run Time US flagReleased on 21st March 2017
Evolution

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Evolution Blu-rayCombo

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA
Unrated
~81:00s Evolution is a 2015 France / Belgium / Spain horror mystery drama by Lucile Hadzihalilovic.
Starring Max Brebant, Roxane Duran and Julie-Marie Parmentier. IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 Shout! Factory (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) Combo at US Amazon released on 21st March 2017
There are no censorship issues with this release

Promotional Material

This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves (a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach) Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The long-awaited new film from the acclaimed director of Innocence is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.
Multiple Maniacs

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Multiple Maniacs DVD

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA
Unrated
~96:00s Multiple Maniacs is a 1970 USA crime comedy horror by John Waters.
Starring Divine, David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

There is also a UK release

UK Censorship History
Heavily cut by the BBFC on grounds of blasphemy for 1990 18 rated VHS. A restored version was passed 18 uncut with previous cuts waived for 2016 cinema release and Blu-ray the following year. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Promotional Material

The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by John Waters ( Hairspray ) is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Waters' native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine ( Pink Flamingos ), out for blood after discovering her lover's affair. Starring Waters' beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller), Multiple Maniacs is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of good taste for decades.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

  • New audio commentary featuring Waters

  • New interviews with cast and crew members Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs

  • More!

  • PLUS: An essay by critic Linda Yablonsky

RoboCop 3

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RoboCop 3 Blu-ray

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA R ~105:00s RoboCop 3 is a 1993 USA action crime thriller by Fred Dekker.
Starring Nancy Allen, Robert John Burke and Mario Machado. IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2017 Shout! Factory (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st March 2017
UK Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, VHS and 2000 DVD. Uncut since 2002 DVD. Uncut in the US

See further details in Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge Episode 20:
RoboCop Special Edition

Promotional Material

He’s Back… To Lay Down the Law!

Special Features

- NEW Audio Commentary with director Fred Dekker
- NEW Audio Commentary with the makers of "RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop" documentary -- Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen
- NEW Delta City Shuffle: The Making of ROBOCOP 3 featuring director Fred Dekker, actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, producer Patrick Crowley, cinematographer Gary Kibbe and production designer Hilda Stark (38 minutes)
- NEW Robo-Vision: The FX of ROBOCOP 3 featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry (12 minutes)
- NEW The Corporate Ladder -- an interview with actor Felton Perry (11 minutes)
- NEW Training Otomo -- an interview with actor Bruce Locke and martial arts trainer Bill Ryusaki (8 minutes)
- NEW War Machine -- an interview with RoboCop gun fabricator James Belohovek (9 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery

         

 

 Update: Siding with repression...

Malaysia imprisons organiser of screening of No Fire Zone, a documentary banned at the behest of the sri Lankan authorities


Link Here 24th March 2017

no fire zone  2017 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Malaysia.

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of Ms. Lena Hendry, former Programme Coordinator of the human rights NGO Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS).

According to the information received, the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court sentenced Ms. Lena Hendry to a fine of MYR 10,000 (about EUR 2,130) or one year in prison for screening the documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war titled No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka four years ago.

defend lena logo On February 21, 2017, following a successful appeal by the Prosecutor against her acquittal in 2015, the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court had found Ms. Lena Hendry guilty of violating Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 for the private screening of the documentary without prior approval from Malaysia's Film Censorship Board.

The Observatory condemns Ms. Lena Hendry's sentencing, which merely aims at punishing her for her legitimate human rights activities. The Observatory calls upon the Malaysian authorities to ensure that all human rights defenders in Malaysia are able to carry out their legitimate activities in all circumstances without any hindrance and fear of reprisals.

 

 Updated: Hopeful Vibes...

Council moralists back down after US appeals court agrees to hear case challenging sex toy ban in parts of Georgia


Link Here 24th March 2017
GeorgiaSex toys are banned in a backward corner of Georgia. The city of Sandy Springs enacted an ordinance in May 2004, banning the open display of vibrators and sex toys by retailers and requiring a doctor's prescription to purchase such a device.

The 11th Circuit of appeals courts will now hold an en banc rehearing (with all the judges from the court) on a challenge to the sex toy ban that it previously upheld citing a 2004 precedent.

The ban prompted a string of lawsuits arguing that the ordinance was an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. However a federal judge in Atlanta upheld the ban, and in August 2016, an 11th Circuit panel upheld that decision, saying that it was bound by its 2004 ruling in Williams v. Attorney General ( Williams IV ), challenging a similar ban in an Alabama city. The appeals court noted at the time:

Although we are sympathetic to the Appellant's Fourteenth Amendment Due Process claim, we are constrained by our prior precedent in Williams IV , and we are obligated to follow it -- even though convinced it is wrong. The Appellants are free to petition the court to reconsider our decision en banc, and we encourage them to do so.

Presumably a multiple judge hearing is able to overrule previous precedents.

Update: Sex toys unbanned

24th March 2017 See  article from avn.com

city of sandy springs logoShortly after the news that the appeal court would hear a legal challenge to a city sex toy ban, the council has backed down and has now repealed the repressive law.

Sandy Springs City Council repealed the local law known as the sexual device ordinance. The local ordinance was patterned on one that had been adopted by the Georgia state legislature, but that was later invalidated, leaving Sandy Springs as one of the few communities in Georgia which retains a similar ban. A council spokesperson said:

[The] code now matches up with state law regarding adult devices by not prohibiting the sale of such devices.

While council members refused to comment on the repeal after the vote, City Attorney Wendell Willard told reporters that the law, which was enacted in 2009 and has been the subject of several lawsuits, was unnecessary and expendable.

However it seems likely that the reson for the repeal was that the law's defence was proving too expensive. A council debate on the  litigation revealed concerns that the city's insurance company balking at paying the legal bills for some of the lawsuits the city has faced thanks to its restrictive adult business laws.