Man Who Re-Uploaded Viral Baby Swinging Video Charged With Child Abuse?

from the are-they-serious? dept

It's really stunning how often we see the wrong people being blamed for things. It seems like once the internet gets involved, government officials let their brains go away. The latest example is sent to us by reader Stack, and it involves a man in Australia who has been charged with publishing child-abuse material. What did he do? He took a video of a man swinging a baby around, that was already all over the internet, and being shown on various news programs, and uploaded it to a video sharing site, LiveLeak, which focuses on videos of news or current events. To be clear: the guy who's being charged is not the guy in the video, doesn't know the guy in the video and had absolutely nothing to do with the video whatsoever, other than uploading it to LiveLeak.

As noted, the video itself is widely available. This guy was just sharing it on yet another video sharing site... and yet he gets charged with publishing child abuse materials. Should all the news programs that are showing the video be charged as well? It's a viral video. That means people share it. It's raised some interesting and important discussions about whether or not the guy in the video was putting the baby in danger (though, the baby apparently didn't seem to mind), but to charge this guy for simply distributing the video makes no sense at all. It's yet another indication of the nanny-state mentality where governments somehow decide that people shouldn't even be allowed to see anything controversial, lest they be so weak that they immediately have to copy it. Most humans don't work that way, and one of these days, maybe government officials will figure that out.
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    barrenwaste, 12 Dec 2008 @ 9:49am

    Never hurts to say it again.

    This lawsuit raises several issues, none of them new. Unfortunately, this case falls easily within the bounds of current societal trends. Nothing that is even potentialy harmful can or should be legal. Nothing that is even potentially harmful can or should be reported by any other than government sanctioned sources. And finally, any person or persons found to be reporting or enacting anything potentially harmful should be removed from society in the most public way possible.

    Bumper padding, that's what it is. And that bumper padding, while sounding good when it first touches your ear, is anything but. I am not advocating or condoning the actions taken in the video, mostly because I have not seen the video and so cannot make a judgement. However, just because injury can be done by a certain item or behavior, does not mean that item or behavior should be criminalised. After all, doctors can heal with scalpels and medication, or kill with scalpels and medication.

    Transportation can be harmful. Should we criminalise owning a vehicle? Ideas can cause harmful effects, should thought be outlawed? You may scoff at these questions, but look at what has gone before. Many of these child safety laws would have been scoffed at as well, and yet they now exist. This isn't progress, this isn't making the world a better place. This is regression, taking the power from the people and putting back into the hands of a select few.

    You no longer have the right to raise your children as you see fit, teach your children certain ideas and philosophies. You cannot discipline your child with any method excepting words and denial of a few selected privilages. Adults cannot speak thier minds in public, for fear a child may hear the unpleasant aspects of reality. We do not live in a world of less danger, we live in a world where the danger is the people supposedly protecting us.

    The only problem with democracy is that the majority of the people in today's world are lazy and stupid. People perfectly willing to give up thier freedoms in return for others making all the hard decisions. Bah, our ancestors must be rolling over in thier graves and the gods rolling on the floor at the irony of it all.

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