Selling Adult Ebooks Is Illegal in Germany Before 10 p.m.
BERLIN — Germany’s authority for youth protection — the Jugendschutzbehörde — has now declared that online retailers can’t sell sexually explicit ebooks before 10 p.m.
Implementation of the rule comes as a result of litigation over the book, “Schlauchgelüste,” or “Pantyhose Cravings.”
The application of the law, intended to protect minors from accessing the category and imposing up to 50,000-euro fines for violators, now limits the sale of adult ebooks online between the local German hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
German officials haven’t yet disclosed how they will enforce the law, particularly because the web allows access to booksellers overseas.