Tuesday, December 23, 1997 Published at 22:52 GMT
'Cybercops' fight to clean-up Net
Germany's Internet police hope to crack down on pornography
Germany is leading the way in the fight against pornography on the the Internet.
Europe's first law aimed at defining who is responsible for Internet content has been drawn up and in Munich a team of Internet police constantly monitor pornographic content on the the Web.
"People have to know that everything a sick mind can come up with is on the Internet," he says.
"Every imaginable type of filth and perversion is freely available. It's our job to get rid of it."
But despite the lengths that Germany has gone to, clamping down on Internet pornography is proving a difficult task.
By its very nature, the Internet crosses both geographic and legal boundaries and causes problems for any country which attempts to regulate its content.
A German spokesman for the Internet provider, AOL, Ingo Reese, says whilst he welcomes the new law, it will do little to prevent the flow of illegal pornography.
"The multi-media law is making very clear that the providers are not responsible for the content of the newsgroups," he said. "It makes us responsible for what we produce and as far as it goes, that's fine for us."