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So, what constitutes child pornography?

This may seem like a silly question, but a fascinating case has occured in the US, where a 14 year old girl has been arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography. The child in question is herself.

The girl concerned put naked photos of herself on her MySpace page. Not only do we have the bizarre situation of someone being arrested for taking naked photos of themselves (what harm was caused to her?), but NHS Blog Doctor, a UK GP, has raised the issue of what status this girl’s friends have when they visit her page. Are they consuming and publishing such pictures? Are laws designed to protect children just too blunt to cope with a rapidly evolving technology and the culture which surrounds it?

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jpgs pls

By Ian Symes
March 28, 2009 @ 2:24 am

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Stay classy, Ian. (b ^_^)b

But yeah, this has become somewhat of a hot-button issue for our national news programs. (They call it “sexting”, a neologism which annoys me a bit.) It sounds to me like a basic confusion of the letter of the law with the spirit of the law.

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By Meg
March 28, 2009 @ 11:06 am

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Precisely; there’s no good reason why the law should be involved here. It sounds like the police have got involved out of a fear of being accused of laxness, rather than thinking of the girl’s welfare.

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By Tanya Jones
March 28, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

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“All four of our children are avid Facebookers. Seems harmless enough… “

By performingmonkey
April 02, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

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