NY Court: Viewing Child Porn Online Not A Crime

In a controversial decision that is already sparking debate around the country, the New York Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that viewing child pornography online is not a crime.

The decision came after Marist College professor James D. Kent was sentenced to prison in August 2009 after more than 100 images of child pornography were found on his computer’s cache. Whenever someone views an image online, a copy of the image’s data is saved in the computer’s memory cache.

The ruling attempts to distinguish between individuals who see an image of child pornography online versus those who actively download and store such images, MSNBC reports. And in this case, it was ruled that a computer’s image cache is not the same as actively choosing to download and save an image.

“Merely viewing Web images of child pornography does not, absent other proof, constitute either possession or procurement within the meaning of our Penal Law,” Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote in the decision.

The court said it must be up to the legislature, not the courts, to determine what the appropriate response should be to those viewing images of child pornography without actually storing them. Currently, New York’s legislature has no laws deeming such action criminal. As The Atlantic Wire notes, under current New York law, “it is illegal to create, possess, distribute, promote or facilitate child pornography.” But that leaves out one critical distinction, as Judge Ciparick stated in the court’s decision.

Do you agree with the ruling of New York’s court? Why or why not?

Source: Yahoo News

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Ziimeo — Then and Now

Ziimeo is one of the up-and-coming media sharing websites that has improved a lot since its launching. During the previous year, it has started out as a simple online community for travel lovers worldwide. With only a handful of members at first, it has struggled to compete with other giants of its own genre. But now, it has come a long way.

Unlike other bigger websites that are limited to video sharing only, Ziimeo has opened its doors for sharing of other types of media such as images, music, and even games! With a diverse offer, Ziimeo has continued to attract travel junkies from all corners of the world. It has not stopped innovating and has continued to strive for enrichment, improvement, and excellence. Over the last few months, Ziimeo has developed and incorporated new features within the site that are sure to be of great use and pleasure to its loyal members.

Among Ziimeo’s many new features are the HD Active, Travel Club, Travel Deals, Insurance, Foundation, Careers, Poll, eStore, Create, Directory, Mobile, World Clock, and Streaming. All these were created to boost the enjoyment of both Ziimeo members and visitors.

Before, Ziimeo’s humble yet strong beginnings have been likened to the David-and-Goliath story in contrast to its giant predecessors like YouTube. And true to its word, Ziimeo will continue to shine, innovate, and grow bigger and stronger for its loyal community members. As more and more members join the Ziimeo community, travel lovers will be given the time to shine and be recognized worldwide.


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