In the latest development in the Max Hardcore obscenity trial, Paul F. Little (aka "Max Hardcore") has just been sentenced to 46 months in prison. Not to mention, asset forfiture – MaxHardcore.com is now reduced to a single page with a big "Forfeited" stamp placed there by the Department of Justice and the Postal Inspector. Censorship doesn't get any more blatant than this.
Salon has a good article here on the hypocrisy and skewed priorities of an administration that has advocated for actual torture, but prosecutes someone for making images that are too sadistic. (H/T to Trinity for the news about Max Hardcore and the Salon article.)
No doubt many on the anti-porn side will hail this as a step in the right direction. The conservative anti-porn side, clearly, but there have been some on the feminist anti-porn side (notably Heart) who have also gotten behind the prosecution of Max Hardcore. I will point out that there's nothing in the prosecution that has anything to do with treatment of the actresses involved, since, so far, there are no allegations that there anything non-consensual has taken place in the production of Max Hardcore's videos. This is a case of censorship, plain and simple, and if one supports this prosecution, that is exactly what one is advocating.
I will also note, however, that many in the porn community consider Max Hardcore basically an embarrassment, and as this discussion on Fleshbot represents, and this one on AdultDVDTalk, there are plenty of people there who would be happy to simply throw MH to the wolves.
On a related topic, Sex in the Public Square has had some really good coverage recently of the recent wave of obscenity prosecutions. Elizabeth discusses a successful local obscenity prosecution in Staunton, Virginia, here and here, while Lou FCD has a post about obscenity law in general here.