A decision by a number of UK internet providers to block a Wikipedia page showing an image of a naked girl has angered users of the popular site. The blocked page of the online encyclopaedia shows the cover of German heavy metal band Scorpions album “virgin killer”. Internet providers acted after online watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation warned them its picture may be illegal.
Some volunteers who run Wikipedia said it was not for the foundation to censor one of the web’s most popular sites. They also argued that the image was available in a number of books and had never been ruled illegal. However, in the United States (where the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation are hosted), it is not considered obscene under the criteria of the Miller test, which requires that an obscene work lack “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value” as album art is used to “brand” the album, it is considered to be artistic.