Posted: Mar 22, 2018 5:36 pm
by purplerat
minininja wrote:
purplerat wrote:
minininja wrote:
felltoearth wrote:I didn’t read the article and correct me if I’m wrong, but the block chain doesn’t actually contain child pornography, it contains a record of financial transaction. I don’t see how anyone would be held liable for that.

Put another way, how liable would I be for a receipt for illegal activity showing up in a second hand book I have purchased?

No, it's not about financial transactions. Technically financial transactions and cryptocurrencies are only a subset of what blockchain does. It is primarily a record of data. In bitcoin there's a limit to how much non-financial additional data can also be stored, although this might not be the case with other cryptocurrencies which could host images in the blockchain. But bitcoin does include in its data direct links to child abuse images hosted elsewhere, so by using bitcoin you are hosting and distributing those links.

That's not at all accurate. Using bitcoin does not require that you run a node or host anything. Using bitcoin can, and I'd venture to guess for most is, as simple as being aware of a small subset of hashes which happen to be valid within the blockchain.

If you want to claim that those who merely use bitcoin are responsible for what is on the blockchain as a whole elsewhere that's a whole other mess you are wading into.

Ok, I've slightly simplified by leaving out the fact that every individual doesn't have to host the whole thing, but that can only work if there are individuals that do host the whole thing. You're just shifting the problem onto someone else and the basic point still stands.

It's not the same basic point unless you think that having money in a bank that engages in illegal activity like money laundering makes you complicit in that crime.