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People under 18 may not buy, rent, exhibit or view these films.The exhibition or sale of these films to people under the age of 18 years is a criminal offence carrying a maximum fine of $5,500.
In some cases, the X ratings were applied by reviewers or film scholars, e.g.Moreover, many newspapers refused to advertise X rated films.This led to a number of films being released unrated sometimes with a warning that the film contained content for adults only.For example, the French film Jules and Jim received an X rating in 1962 that was changed to a PG rating in 1991.In some early cases, films politically motivated received an X rating.Films classified as X18 are banned from being sold or rented in most Australian states.
They are legally available to be sold or hired in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.
In 2000, some conservative associations sued the government for granting the movie Baise-moi, which contained graphic, realistic scenes of sex and violence, a non-X classification.
The Conseil d'État at litigation ruled that the movie should have been rated X.
The X certificate was replaced in November 1982 by the 18 certificate.
Sometimes the rating of a film has changed significantly over time.
The Australian Classification Board (ACB formerly known as the OFLC), a government institution, issues ratings for all movies and television shows exhibited, televised, sold or hired in Australia.