Posted: Mar 22, 2018 5:05 pm
by purplerat
Thommo wrote:
purplerat wrote:
Thommo wrote:How would you criminalise online child pornography without criminalising some data?

By criminalizing behaviors like producing it or contributing to it being produced. FWIW, I don't think somebody merely having data on their computer should be criminal even if that data depicts an illegal act like child abuse.

So owning, viewing and distributing child porn would then be legal and the only people who could be prosecuted would be people it could be proven were involved in making it?

Ideally so, except maybe the bit about distributing it. There's an argument to be made that distributing it causes harm to the victims but is it something that rises to the level of criminal behavior? It's an interesting question.

Thommo wrote:
purplerat wrote:Additionally, if the concern is to go after child pornographers, wouldn't a permanent traceable ledger be a good thing?

It's a permanent ledger of bitcoin transactions, not a ledger of people producing child porn, isn't it? The latter would be a good thing and would certainly help investigations, the former, which incidentally provides people with access to viewing child porn would not help, and in my view is certainly not a good thing.

If you know where people are viewing child porn that's often a good first step in figuring out how it's being made. My view is that finding out where child porn is coming from is infinitely more important than figuring out who's beating off to it.