A victim of the Dangerous Pictures Act has admitted breaking a court order by looking at cartoon porn images of The Simpsons
on his phone.
Scott Wright viewed the jokey photoshopped footage of Lisa and Bart Simpson after it was sent to his mobile by a friend. But Wright, was banned from using an internet-enabled phone after previously pleading guilty to eleven charges of possessing extreme
Lisa Hardy, persecuting, said police found the device when they searched the room Wright was staying in in Lincoln. Wright admitted he had seen the images and asked for them to be sent to his phone.
The court heard Wright had been caught with a prohibited mobile phone on two earlier occasions and he was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which banned him from using a computer or other internet-enabled device unless it was fitted
with censorship software approved by Lincolnshire Police.
Sunil Khanna, mitigating, said Wright did not view the footage of The Simpsons in a sexual manner and regarded it as a joke.
Wright pleaded guilty to three charges of breaking a sexual offences order and one charge of breaching a youth rehabilitation order between December 2011 and October this year.
He was sentenced to two years supervision and ordered to complete a 30 day activity program. Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath warned Wright he could have no complaint if he was sent to jail.
Berlusconi needs to watch the Dangerous Cartoons Act
19th August 2012
A quick e-mail from holiday. Earlier today I was in the local branch of Mondadori, Italy's biggest bookshop chain and
publisher - think Waterstone's and Harper Collins combined - owned by Silvio Bunga Bunga Berlusconi. Among the special offers was a little volume called XXX Manga (A quick look on google.it reveals all, but be wary of looking at it in the
UK, since it shows the front cover.)
This book, freely on sale in mainstream high street and online booksellers in Italy, presents a few erotic manga stories, with speech bubble in Italian translation. Since the artists follow the usual Japanese manga convention of showing
characters with young-looking faces, I am pretty sure that it would fall foul of the Dangerous Cartoons Act. The same point was made about a painting of the ukiyo-e school which sold for a few hundred thousand bucks in New York, and showed a
multitasking young mum looking after a toddler while engaged in vigorous sexual congress. The picture therefore showed sexual activity in the presence of a child and would fall foul of the DCA.
I wonder when politicians are going to realise what a hole they're digging with their kneejerk authoritarianism. In the recent urethral sounding/fisting case, they ended up throwing one of their own to the wolves. And even the best reactions to
the disgraceful Pussy Riot persecution from British politicians - I have in mind Kerry McCarthy - have been somewhat muted by their realisation that similar actions could be classified as crime in other countries too. ( Of course, if it
happened in Westminster Abbey we wouldn't have a political trial like Putin. Oh dearie me, no.
Japanese manga comics depicting children in sexual poses are not child pornography, Sweden's Supreme Court has ruled, overturning a high-profile conviction of a Swedish translator.
In a ruling issued on Friday, the court acquitted Simon Lundstrom, who had been found guilty of child pornography crimes by two lower courts before appealing his case to Sweden's highest court.
According to the Supreme Court's ruling, the drawings are pornographic and they do portray children. However, because the cartoons represent imaginary figures there is no way they could be mistaken for real children.
The criminalization of possession of the drawings would otherwise exceed what is necessary with regard to the purpose which has led to the restriction on freedom of expression and freedom of information, the court said in a statement.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund are pleased to announce that the Crown has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v. Matheson, the case previously described as the Brandon X case, which involved a comic
book reader who faced criminal charges in Canada relating to comic books on his computer. The defendant, Ryan Matheson, a 27-year-old comic book reader, amateur artist, and computer programmer has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
After a search of his laptop in 2010, Matheson was wrongfully accused of possessing and importing child pornography because of constitutionally protected comic book images on that device. He was subjected to abusive treatment by police and a disruption
in his life that included a two-year period during which he was unable to use computers or the internet outside of his job, severely limiting opportunities to advance his employment and education.
Matheson has agreed to plead to a non-criminal code regulatory offense under the Customs Act of Canada. As a result of the agreement, Matheson will not stand trial.
Although the outcome of this case is ultimately positive, comic book readers should be aware that there are still dangers for traveling with comics in Canada. Michael Edelson, who managed the defense said:
Aside from the very positive outcome to this story, your members should be cautioned concerning the search and seizure regime here in Canada exercised by the Canadian Border Services Agency. Moreover, they should also be aware that although anime and
manga is legal in many areas of the United States and Japan, etc., to possess and utilize, the Canadian authorities may take a different view if this material is found on any laptops or mobile devices when you enter the country.
Please visit cbldf.org
today to make a donation in support of paying off Ryan's legal defense and creating new tools to combat abuses like this from happening in the future. You can also support this effort by becoming a member of the CBLDF. Every contribution helps CBLDF get
Ryan back on his feet, and furthers our efforts to protect the First Amendment rights of comics and manga.
The Olympia, Washington, father who murdered his two boys with a hatchet, then burned down his house in an explosive inferno
apparently had a collection of cartoon porn.
Utah authorities investigating the unsolved 2009 disappearance of Josh Powell's wife knew of 400 pornographic images that Powell kept on his computer. According to a psychologist's official findings, the images were of great concern and
suggested a more penetrating psychological evaluation of Josh Powell was needed before granting him access to his children.
That evaluation was never to be. Just six days after Powell's psychologist went on record, Powell killed himself after murdering his two young sons.
Many of the images recovered from Powell's computer depicted popular cartoon characters in sexual situations and provocative poses. The cartoons that turned up in Powell's collection included Rugrats, Dennis the Menace and SpongeBob SquarePants,
according to the Washington Post.
Well this week it's all about sex again! And you really probably should ensure your children aren't in the back seats if you're listening in the car. Awkward questions might abound. Ben, Kirstin and regular contributor,
Jonathan Holt, talk with Alex Dymock once more following the verdict in the Southwark Obscene Publications Trial and are joined by Myles Jackman, one of Michael Peacock's defence team and journalist David Allen Green to discuss the merits of
repealing the 1959 Act and what this verdict means for future prosecutions.