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Booksellers in Germany could be spanked with legal action by the government’s Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien aka the BPjM) if they sell adult ebooks before 10pm. The legislation – know as the Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag – was passed in 2002, but the regulators have only recently turned to applying the rules to ebooks. The cause of the sudden crackdown is a transgender memoir called Schlauchgelüste (Pantyhose Cravings), which has sparked a legal case over its easy availability in a bookseller’s database. German news site Heise.de and the weekly magazine of the country’s book trade Boersenblatt reported the case and the new crackdown. Making the impractical, practical…

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