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The Index Librorum Prohibitorum ("List of Prohibited Books") is a list of publications which the Catholic Church censored for being a danger to itself and the faith of its members. The various editions also contain the rules of the Church relating to the reading, selling and censorship of books. The aim of the list was to prevent the reading of immoral books or works containing theological errors and to prevent the corruption of the faithful.
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The Index Librorum Prohibitorum ("List of Prohibited Books") is a list of publications which the Catholic Church censored for being a danger to itself and the faith of its members. The various editions also contain the rules of the Church relating to the reading, selling and censorship of books. The aim of the list was to prevent the reading of immoral books or works containing theological errors and to prevent the corruption of the faithful.

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A ban is, generally, any decree that prohibits something.

Bans are formed for the prohibition of activities within a certain political territory. Some see this as a negative act (equating it to a form of censorship or discrimination).

For nearly the entire history of book and film production, certain media products have been either boycotted by political and religious groups or literally banned by a regime for political or moral reasons. Paradoxically, banning a media product often completely fails to achieve its intention of preventing a media product from being perceived- the publicity given worldwide to banned products often results in it being given attention it might not otherwise receive.

With the advent of the internet, the ability of groups or governments to ban media products is hindered. Obvious problems with using the internet as a distribution system include the inability for a producer to profit from his or her product. Recently, Michael Moore stirred up controversy by encouraging people who were curious about but didn't want to financially support his film, Fahrenheit 9/11, to download it and watch it on their computers.


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Banned books

Banned books


"The book which most deserved to be banned would be a catalogue of banned books," once said Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. Many societies have banned certain books. Grounds for banning are 1) political, 2) religious, 3) sexual and 4) social. The invention of the printing press and movable type led to the Index Librorum Prohibitorum and a climate where every book either first needed an imprimatur or a Royal Privilege.

Banned films

Banned films

For nearly the entire history of film production, certain films have been either boycotted by political and religious groups or literally banned by a regime for political or moral reasons. Paradoxically, banning a movie often completely fails to achieve its intention of preventing a movie from being seen—the publicity given worldwide to banned films often results in it being given attention it might not otherwise receive.

With the advent of the Internet, the ability of groups or governments to ban a film is hindered. High-speed Internet access give more people access to digital copies of movies that might not be available for viewing in theaters.

Banned music

Banned music

Censorship of Music, the practice of censoring music from the public, may take the form of partial or total censorship with the latter banning the music entirely. The music in question may be a song, or part thereof, a collection of songs (such as a particular album) or a genre of music.

Both songs and albums have been banned in the past. It has become less common in western countries. However, the censorship of particular words deemed as profanity is still commonplace.

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