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Essentially, the court ruled on Tuesday, you can’t be held responsible for things you just see online, even kiddie movies, the viewing of which isn’t actually illegal under New York law. The majority opinion by New York Court of Appeals Senior Judge Carmen Ciparik:

“Rather, some affirmative act is required (printing, saving, downloading, etc.) to show that defendant in fact exercised dominion and control over the images that were on his screen,” Ciparick wrote. “To hold otherwise, would extend the reach of (state law) to conduct — viewing — that our Legislature has not deemed criminal.”

It’s true: Under article 263 of New York’s penal code, it’s illegal to create, possess, distribute, promote, or facilitate child films, but it’s not illegal simply to view it. And the evidence in the case against Marist College Professor James D. Kent consisted of images found in a Web cache on his computer when he took it in to get it scanned for viruses.

As Johnson points out, federal child films laws don’t mention browser caches, and just that evidence hasn’t been enough to win federal convictions in the past. Since he didn’t know the cache was capturing the Web content, Kent couldn’t be held responsible for collecting them, the court ruled. Because as we all learned from this ruling, simply looking at child films is legal in New York. Gross.

SMFH!! So, basically New York State passes a law that legalizes the viewing of underage freaky films online. Now, Chester the Molester and pedos can scroll through thousands of disgusting photos or videos of underage children online, and as long as he or she doesn’t save the image to their hard drive or print it out, it is now perfectly legal.

WHAT THE F***?!?!? This “law” needs to get overturned NOW!




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