UK e-tailers are scrambling to remove images of the Scorpions Virgin Killer album which led the Internet Watch Foundation to ban much of Wikipedia yesterday. The IWF claimed the article, and artwork, on Wikipedia were child pornography and added the URL to its banned list distributed to most UK Internet Service Providers. But …
This whole case proves 2 things,
1) The law defining indecent images is wrong.
2) Having a shadowy, unaccountable, unelected, undemocratic organisation act as judge, jury and through ISPs automated systems, executioner, is also wrong.
I'm almost tempted to flood IWF with complaints about every picture of a child I see. U2, Nirvana, Bow Wow Wow (yes I am that sad) they're all peddlers of filth.
"Good Faith" Yet Ignorant
The IWF claims to act in "good faith" yet didn't expect to be challenged why it hasn't addressed the issue of the album cover with other retailers?
(I would say Jesus H Christ but I'm trying to stop blaspheming. And failng)
Rather than stick an "Offensive image" caption, surely the caption ought to read "Offensive in the view of the IWF" - the IWF itself, although trying to be noble in its intention, has gone overboard and now its methodology and accountability should be highlighted, questioned and challenged.
Because of its heavy handedness it has caused much publicity for The Scorpions but also for its methodology and, in this case, ignorance. It should have approached this far more sensitively. It hasn't and now must bear judgement on its modus operandi.
Begs one question: if my local rock dj has this album with this cover, is he breaking the law? Is anyone who owns this album with this cover breaking the law?
Ban this sick filth!
... not to forget iconic '90s grungefest 'Nevermind', surely the most revolting example of this musical paedophilia.
Are they going to change the cover to Nevermind as well then? Ban that?
On Radio 4...
The IWF spokesperson claimed that they police had advised them that the image was illegal. How would they know?
Also, she kept calling it a depiction of 'child sexual abuse' which seems disingenuous, unless sex has changed since I last had it.
I expect she's gone off now to abuse a paediatrician...
They have successfully managed
to bring to my attention a band that I have never heard of, an album I have never heard of and an album cover I have never seen before....
I am only 52.
Mine's the dirty mac (new) with the newly acquired Scorpion, Blind Faith CD's and Nan Goldin photo album in the pocket.
Oh noes, nudity!
Won't someone think of the children?
Best course of action, flood them with complaints, get most of the top sites blocked and perhaps common sense will return so we can go back to normal.
If no one has yet complained about the amazon.com image then perhaps I'll go do it later and see how long before they block it. I don't object to the image as such, I just object to the fact that they're inconsistent in how they apply their bans (I suspect the lawyer comment in the article is a bit too accurate).
"We have now received several complaints about the image that was blocked at the weekend being hosted on Amazon..."
I'm not defending this image or anything, but you've got to love these people, don't you think? Yesterday, nobody batted an eyelid about this particular image. Today, lots of people felt the compulsion to actively hunt for it just so they could then complain! That's exactly what bloody Mary Whitehouse used to do.
It reminds me of a TV program I saw years ago about some council dept dealing with neighbour disputes. Some woman complained the chap next door was sunbathing in the nude in his garden. When the council chap went to investigate, he found that he had to crawl behind her shed and stand on a box in order to see next door's garden!!
must be laughing from her comfy-chair in hell!
They should ban the Times, the Beeb and every other media outlet
Well, in that case the IWF should also ban: New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Le Monde, Pravda, and every other "proper" newspaper out there. They have all published a picture of a prebuscent stark naked girl running at the camera more than once.
This one: http://www.peace.ca/kimstory.htm
It also has a Pulitzer prise so their website should be banned as well.
Looks like a nakkid kiddie to me. So the lot should be all banned.
If the image is indecent, and cannot be displayed on shops sites, are they allowed to actually sell you the cd? Surely that would be distribution of an indecent image...
If they are still displaying the image then, since they are not UK based, IWF cannot issue a "take-down" notice and instead must add the relevant page(s) to the block lists that ISPs use. However, since one of the feature of Amazon pages is the "you may also be intersted in" or "people who bought this also looked at" sections then its possible for this "potentially illegal" image to appear on any page coming from amazon.com thus the "safe" option has to be to block amazon.com in totallity.
I have a picture of me on the potty aged 12 months, wanna see!
Paris because I am plain potty about her...
dear oh dear
the world has clearly gone absolutely bonkers. i give up.
I dare someone to report to the IWF.......
that you've seen a picture of the simpsons and... "havent Australia condemned
it as porn now" .
more to the point..
what if you've actually got the album? Mine's up in the loft with several big boxes full of other vinyl. i hope Inspector Knacker doesn't scwatch them when he confiscates them, my Gong Flying teapots is worth a fortune!
I suspect that the sale of this particular album is going to go through the roof - if only for the cover. It will now, more than likely, become a collectors item.
I was going to suggest that it may be a clever marketing ploy to increase the sales of otherwise crap music but having just listened to some snippets of the album it's not too bad.
Marketing, don't you just love them?
I'm Going To Hand Myself In
I've got a copy of this album in my loft somewhere. If I could get a decent lawyer to work for free on my behalf I'd hand myself in to the police for possessing child porn.
Paris, because she likes a hand in herself.
Of course it's exactly this sort of chilling effect that makes the IWF system wrong. There are no clear criteria for what's illegal. The IWF go about their work in secret, yet they can potentially devastate someone's business and they are completely unaccountable for their actions.
If we are going to have censorship, then it needs to be moved out into the open, and performed by an accountable public body.
Meanwhile, sign the pledge: http://www.pledgebank.com/boycottcensors
For the first time, i can be a pedant!
If i read the article right, it states that much of wikipedia is banned which is incorrect.
only two of the several means of accessing the image/entry are banned- and return error messages/blank pages.
yesterday's article had this right.
apart from the censorship of our internets, the problem is that now all traffic from those isps to wikipedia is via a selection of proxies that do not forward real ips. leading to millions of hits, and edit attempts, from millions of users, originating from 6 ips, which is impossible to police.
while this was made clear yesterday, it may be helpful if something of the consequences of the IWF/ISP method is mentioned in followup articles too, because it will have effects on even those that DO object to the image and want it to be censored.
yes. all three of them. and jacqui smith.
Voodoo Children All Growed Up.
I take it that Electric Ladyland is Perfectly Acceptable. How very Wise.
Some good can come of this
At least some may buy this album out of curiosity and can now hear what a great band they used to be.
which brings us around to the what is art thing again after all I've seen some museum sites with pictures of some very dodgy paintings and nobody seems to be clamouring to take those down.
Just shows up the stupidity of the current crop of indecency laws once again
"Surely that would be distribution of an indecent image..."
No!!! Don't you realise that the internet has "magical" powers!
It's ok, if tasteless, when used on printed media.
On the Internet: It will corrupt you beyond redemption!
here we go again
another reason religious types should be banned from voting....mentally deficient in the case of anything requiring brains or sense *rolls eyes*
The law is an ass, used in this case to scare people into keeping quiet for fear of being branded a "PEEDO" or a "PEEDO-LUVVER" (sic)
then again if they do block amazon.com....maybe bush will use his nuke card on us, then we can all sing "its christmas at ground zero" by weird al :)
Reports this offending image:
baby surrounded by perverts obviously fawning over its naked flesh. ban this sick filth!
*mines the coat with The Daily Mail in pocket*
Complain about Google images search
How about we all complain about Google images? A bunch of IWF cocks vs the Googlopoly, that'd be a sight to behold.
What if instead of a spaceship that looks like a dildo, if she was really holding a dildo?
If pedo's wacked off to those album covers, it's probably child porn. So we need to find a convicted pedo, and ask them to judge.
Ban baby Jesus!
Get rid of all those disgusting pictures of naked Jesus in the manger. We have to get rid of this perverting filth. Whitewash the churches. Paedophiles might be praying there. Paint out all those cherabim and seraphim. This stuff has to be stopped!
Are all the people who complained going to be raided by the police as they now have illegal images on their computers?
let the book burnings commence
we have found our Eurasia! Let the 2 minute hate begin.
LMFAO @ this
Later in the day the IWF said it only reacted to complaints and did not go around looking for offensive images.
oh well whatever nevermind
In case nobody posted this fact.
Nirvana's nevermind cover art changes pending on the region.
In the US and AUS the babies penis is visible. In the UK and most of Europe it is not.
Eventually I wont be able to defile my geintalia in public at all.
You can see it on vodaphone
Cost you £1 per 1/2 MByte, but its all there
Who needs snow?
We're headed off down a slope quite slippery enough for sledging.
Surely time for an in-depth Reg investigation of the IWF?
My eminently sensible suggestion is that anyone who wants to apply for a job with the IWF is the sort of reactionary Daily Mail 'just think of the children' busybody who should be banned from such a responsible position. The one who slimed his way on to Channel 4 last night - well he's the sort of creep that my mum used to warn me about.
The only people getting aroused by this album are the likes of Jacqui Smith who even now is probably writhing in ecstasy at the prospect of lots more stuff getting banned soon.
Yeah I know, I've put the thought of an aroused Jacqui Smith in your mind now...
Pulled from Amazon?
It looks like Amazon may have swapped it out for the unobjectionable cover. Can anybody confirm?
If so I'm not surprised. Amazon.com may have loads of lawyers unlike Wikipedia, but also unlike Wikipedia, they don't have any lofty ideals to uphold.
I'm glad these idiots have stepped on a land-mine.
Why stop there?
Electric Ladyland, Country Life, Below The Belt, Honey. Pure filth, the lot of 'em. All those Nippuls(tm).
Apparently there are humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe as well.
but, seeing as how you can get *someone somewhere* to beat off to virtually every image there is, (maybe ban pictures of Ferraris thanks to Clarkson's love of them) its probably best to ban all internet images.
These "pictures" and "drawings" are obviously the work of sick minds.
I can't, for obvious reasons, select the Paris icon 'cos someone might jerk off to it, therefore making it pron.
I can't, for obvious reasons, select the penguin icon 'cos someone might jerk off to it, therefore making it beastiality pron.
I can't, for obvious reasons, select the Thumbs up or Thumbs down icon, because they are obviously an incitement to masterbation.
I can't use the Man The Pumps icon because. Well. Obvious really.
I can't use a Billy Or Jobsie icon because.. well that would be extreme pron.
I can't use the skull and crossbones due to the necrophilia connotations.
I can't use the "stop" or "go" icons 'cos that's what girls tell you when you whisper your fantasies in their ear - so they re obviously closely related to onaistic pleasures.
I can't use the smily face - that person is obviously thinking about the last time they had sex, so that image is pornographic. I can't use the unhappy face because thats obviously the fissog of a sadist. I obviously can't use an icon that would suggest I love the author because that would be encouraging sex.
I can't go on. Someone hand me my coat. Its a long dark coat and its all i've got to wear.
it is not child porn
research has now been produced that the female in the picture was 16 when the picture was taken that makes her of the age of consent so not kiddie porn at all
If image = painted or image = black-and-white then
I never realised how much smut art galleries contained until I started going out with an art teacher
Thanks for that. Now if you'd just be so kind as to tell me what the mental equivalent of Brillo pads, Jeyes' fluid and industrial rubber gloves is please.
re: oh well whatever nevermind
And what about the Crazy Frog's froggy doodle being visible on adverts? He's just as believable a person as the Simpsons...
So the IWF have taken advice from the police (not the band, Shirley?) on the legallity of the image. Jolly good, except the last time I checked it was up to the courts to decide on what is and isn't legal, not the police.
Huzzah and double huzzah!
The Victorian age is dead, says you? Ha! Says I that it indeed is alive and well, sir! Ladies and gentlemen of all classes and backgrounds may now rejoice (well not rejoice as this is unseemly) and go back to being sober and sensible after our decades of excess and depravity!! All praise to the good lady smith and her cohorts for their vigilence (Beware! Be Vigilent! Behave!) and good taste! Time to hack of the David statue's unmentionable and all those obscence lady parts of those vile Greek statues! All that supposed 'art' showing vulgar images of a...a...ahem..intimate..nature of parts of the body which are best left hidden!
This is a fine beginning! Let us welcome the new Victorian age!
16 point plan
The solution to this problem is easy with my simple 16 point plan
1. Gain access to everyone's web browsing and emailing habits - achieved by creating an environment which encourages ISP's to install up illegal snooping boxes funded through advertising revenue.
2. Ban the 60% of mobile phone subscriptions which are on anonymous prepay and force registration with ID cards (deal with anonymous foreign roamers one day in the distant future)
3. Feed intercepted phone, email, and web browsing records in to mega database
4. Issue ID cards to all citizens and use to join up NHS, Tax, DVLA, insurance and Social Services records. Feed in to the mega d-base and fund from selling this information to 'approved' private companies
5. Publicise the irrefutable link between terrorism and pedophilia to enable wider use of draconian terrorism, pedo and porn legislation
6. Make 'extreme sex' illegal - ensure that definitions are loose enough to catch just about anyone under terrorism, pedo and porn legislation
7. Designate all clubs using exotic dancers as 'sexual encounter clubs' (Roll in to 'extreme sex' legislation later)
8. Connect up all CCTV cameras, use face and number plate recognition and feed in to mega database.
9. Grant access to citizens private records to all police, social services, teachers, council employees, health workers, government employees and their associates / contractors / illegal immigrant cleaners. Just to be sure that everyone is watching everyone else and everyone comes in contact with an 'informant' to ensure a robust internal intelligence gathering infrastructure.
10. Enact legislation to hold 'terror suspects' for 42 days without charge (extend later)
11. Collect the DNA records of all citizens (just to ensure no discrimination) and feed in to mega database while 'considering' the judgement of European Court
12. Make full use of anti terror legislation to allow local councils to undertake surveillance of any citizen on the pretext of school zoning, dog fouling, fly tipping or leaving your rubbish bin lid open / more than 1 meter from the kerb.
13. Appoint secretive judge/jury/executioner panels to be the self appointed moral compass for the nation to determine who is a terrorist/pedo. Ratchet down the threshold until all citizens can be captured.
14. Remove the last remaining powers of the House of Lords to ensure legislation can be enacted unopposed
15. Arrest opposition MPs
16. Depose the Royal Family and Crown Jacqui Smith "Supreme Overlord"
It would actually be funny if it wasn't true.
"potentially illegal" is not "illegal"
and until it's legal standing is confirmed, the picture should stay up.
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