I don’t make a habit of defending crimes of either child pornography or copyright infringement, but in this particular instance, I’m speaking up…
An Australian man has been convicted of possessing child pornography and of accessing child pornography on his computer and fined AUS$3,000. “Why the small penalty?”, you might be asking. “Why is this man not going to prison?”
The child pornography in question featured not real children, nor illustrations of real children, but rather drawings of Simpsons characters Maggie, Bart, and Lisa engaging in sexual acts. Kind of icky? Sure. Illegal? Apparently.
I’ve got a real bone to pick with Australia…first their mindless and costly Internet filtering scheme and now this? Is this what Aussie lawmakers are wasting their time on? Meanwhile, Australia’s prevalence of actual sexual abuse is nearly 27.5% in females (5.1% in males).
Way to go, wasting your government’s time and Australian tax dollars prosecuting a man with a fetish for cartoon characters.