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You can’t invent cases as strange as this: a book that is not only legal, but can be borrowed from various Australian libraries* can, in digital form, land the owner with a child porn conviction. According to News's Hobart Mercury, David Traynor, an alderman in the Clarence council in Tasmania, was convicted for possessing child …

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How did they know it was him who put it there?

If the laptop had been stolen and later recovered, how can they prove that it was the owner and not the thief who put all the porn on it?

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Easy.

Date stamps probably. Although technically, you can fake these, I'm sure there are ways you can forensically check them.

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I don't have the words....

Really, I don't have the words to say how crazy this case is. The thought that a jury was happy to convict in this case is beyond belief. Also that there were no pictures, it was all text.

But yet again, it has been demonstrated that no sacrifice is to great on the altar of perceived child safety. No matter the injustice it is obviously worth it to people.

It looks like the same desire to protect off spring that allows a mother to lift a car off their child also also allows otherwise normally sane people to take leave of their senses.

The first country to be able to weaponize this special kind of crazy will be unstoppable.

All hail the thought police!

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Top up charge

It appears after reading the newspaper the story is linked from, that the guy had one other item of CP on the computer. So the book may well have been one of those top up charges to make it looked like more than it was.

So the guy has all sort of legal pron on his computer, an one or two items of CP. If we are using CP as a round the back way of working out what somebodies procivites are and punishing them accordingly. Then surely the amount of normal pron vs CP should be taken as an indication of this guy's proclivities as well. I suppose it only works in one direction to the thought police....

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No jury.

A magistrate alone made the ruling, so no jury involved. Still, beyond belief though.

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Context context context

This is like porn pictures which are legal in a film certified by the BBCF, but illegal if extracted and taken out of context. Or pictures of kids modelling underwear in clothes catalogues, but potentially illegal if taken out of them.

This is absurd. No different to making certain words illegal, if taken out of sentence.

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Good!

If politicians are caught up in this sort of nonsense too then maybe they will think twice before standing with all the stupid OMG-Think-of-the-Children nutters that are attempting to usurp ownership of children.

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Consequences

Break the law --> go to jail.

Only The Register finds this a mystery it seems. The rest of us do not.

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Learn to read

The book is legal to purchase in Australia, and is freely available from any library. It's like charging someone for making racists remarks because they've read Mark Twain.

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WTF?

Are you really an idiot, or just trolling?

The story makes it clear the book is legal and only became illegal when it was stored on the guy's computer. How on earth is anyone supposed to know that and avoid the consequences.

Actually, now I think about it; you're not a troll but you're definitely an idiot.

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Helpfull...

Be a troll --> get a down vote

I would have been quite interested actually to hear from someone who thought that their was nothing wrong with this case.

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Story pulled?

Has this story been pulled? As it no longer shows up on the front page.

Is the register getting fed up of these type of stories, as it looks bad for the website?

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The UK can be just as silly.

Convicting someone for buying a book from Waterstones.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/24/bookshop_conviction_overturned/

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Not the same level of silliness

No, because in that case, the person wasn't actually convicted (despite the misleading Reg title).

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WTF?

Well, it is Tasmania...

I thought it was only illegal down there if it wasn't your sister.

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Hey we have very clear ideas of law in this state of Tasmania.....

...where else would a Chinese law graduate join an older established lawyer to form a partnership called Wong and White.

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