There are actually multiple versions of the german computermagazines. In stores you only get the versions without any age requirements. If you want to have the 16+ or 18+ version, you have to verify, that you are of apropriate age and have to get yourself a subscription. AWSOME!! But hey, I am actually a little happy about all that strict rating stuff here in germany. Today's content has become so violent, that I wouldn't want my kids (if I get some, that is^^) watching that stuff.
Don't want to go down the route arguing with someone who has kids, but all that "protecting kids" stuff goes too far if it impacts adults without at the same time really protecting kids. But thats offtopic.
Sparhawk, me thinks Tels is right. I also still know the times when Index meant "forbidden", but today it's similar to 18+ media. As a substitute, media can still be confiscated. It's really forbidden then. You have to release some reeeeally politically incorrect stuff to get your work confiscated though...
Hah, you think so... unfortunately, whenever they "forbid" an organization for whatever reasons (usually because the are "verfassungsfeindlich"), they also forbid their signs, mottos, and so on. (This means on friday the judge says "this organisation is forbidden", and on monday they raid their offices and find all "forbidden" stuff - because nobody had enough time to get rid of their now suddenly forbidden uniforms, flags and promotional material...
There is a big book of signs and patterns that are now forbidden, and it is scary seeing what common stuff is in there. (or at least from the few cases I followed)
More scary is that I don't even know how I could access this book and see that f.i. the logo I design doesn't accidently match too similiar to a logo of an organisation that I never heard of, but is forbidden.
Censorship never really works...*sigh*