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Don't Let Hacked Celebrity Pics Shut Down Internet Freedom, Expression

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In the wake of the hacking scandal that's led to naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities getting posted to sites such as 4chan and Reddit, there are already calls to shut down or increase legal penalties against websites and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Even before this latest flap, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) earlier this year pushed and a bill against "revenge porn" that would have stripped ISPs and websites of legal immunity they currently have.

In a new column at Time, I argue that new prohibitions aren't needed and will likely be effective only in shutting down the free flow of information on the Internet. Snippets:

Such reactions are as understandable as they are ultimately misguided. There's something deeply disturbing about people's most intimate information being hacked and distributed across the globe. But most remedies threaten not bad behavior as much as the very openness of expression the Internet makes possible….

The problem with [federal and state] legislation [aimed at unauthorized intimate images] is that it doesn't just criminalize the posting of images whose meanings and intentions are rarely as clear-cut as prosecutors want to believe. It also has the potential to massively chill free speech by gulling ISPs and websites into either pulling down totally legal material when faced with any sort of complaint, but also proactively policing free expression. Individuals, too, will also feel the chill as they wonder exactly what sort of material may land them in court.

As Lee Rowland of the ACLU told one of my colleagues at Reason TV earlier this year, "Criminal law is such a blunt instrument that we have real doubts that it's possible to draft these laws in a way that won't end up criminalizing pure speech."

Read the whole thing.

Earlier this year, Reason TV asked "Should Revenge Porn Be a Crime?":

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  1. Oh come now. Celebrities are more important than freedom. So if we have to shut down the intertoobs we just have to.

    1. But how would we will be able to oggle their tits without the Internet? How would the celebrities remain celebrities unless their tits were constantly oggled? The Zen masters I know shrink into silence when I present them with this conundrum,

    2. I misread this at first and thought you wrote “interboobs”, not “intertoobs”.

      1. If the name fits.

  2. Finally the world can enjoy what was previously only available to the perverts at the NSA.

    1. When they don’t detect the next terrorist act, that will only mean they need more powers.

      1. That’s how it works.

  3. Shouldn’t the accompanying photo be one of the nude pics of Jennifer Lawrence, not a clothed photo? 😉

    1. That would only be good journalism.

  4. My understanding is these photos drifted around the deep web (or dark web…don’t understand the difference really) for a week or two before surfacing later on 4chan and Reddit.

    That could mean there is not much regulations of the regular internet can do to stop this sort of thing.

    Or it could mean the government trying to shut down the deepweb.

    1. Yes.

  5. Did Reason cover that story about that guy who was arrested for posting song lyrics on facebook because he was a terrorist threat?

    1. Yes.

  6. Explains why Verlander went from Ace to worst pitcher in our ferking rotation. Adios pennant.

    1. Strange, eh?

    2. I thought wanking only made your arm stronger?

    3. He was starting wear down before he was involved with Upton.

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  9. Who the hell cares about naked celebrities pics? And what kind of ppl take those kind of pics anyway?

    1. Careful folks, it’s a trick question.

  10. We’ll shut down the internet because some idiot with more money than brains left pictures of her tits on iCloud. Meanwhile, if you get your identity stolen from a government database or financial institution by a Russian hacking ring the FBI will tell you to go get fucked, it’s not their problem. Celebrity does have its privileges.

  11. If you willingly make the video/pictures with another person and do not legally prohibit or limit the use of such material then it can be used by the photographer who possesses them in any way they see fit. If you are concerned about the use of your image you need to do this otherwise consent is completely open and not limited.

    In other words if you don’t want it out on the web – don’t make the video/photos – period!!!

    Its not up to the government to wade into this mess.
    Women who are wanting the government to do so are unwilling to be responsible for their actions in creating this content just like they are when they want the government to force other people to pay for their abortions and birth control.

    Next they will expect the government to force other people to pay for tattoo removal by adding it to “medical coverage”

    1. Good points. These bimbos are idiots.

    2. “If you willingly make the video/pictures with another person and do not legally prohibit or limit the use of such material then it can be used by the photographer who possesses them in any way they see fit.”

      Let’s say I own the camera, but a photographer took the pictures. Does the photographer still have the right to do with the pictures as he or she sees fit?

    3. I slightly disagree. It shouldn’t be illegal but it is morally wrong, regardless of how stupid the victim is.

  12. You are missing the real story. Reason and the Kochs bought a place in TIME. Of course, that particular pub is largely irrelevant now (out of print, right?), but still….just about any pub has more cred than Reason.

    It’s funny how all these paid-for credentials add up. Remember the dude who got into the White House Press Corp in the Bush years…jeff Gantry or something like that?

    I think his only pub was about naked men or something like that – but he liked the neo-cons and that was all that was required of him.

  13. OMG it’s not the racism (lol) of police violence that is concerning. It’s the SEXISM. The latest stats I reviewed show that cops shoot women, WOMEN… who make up well over 50% of the population in less than 5% of officer involved shootings!!!!

    Reasonoid: cops are sexist pigs who are profiling men just like they profile (lol) minorities!

    derp

    1. Why shoot women when you can rape them and remain on the force, like that guy in Philly.

      Heroes. Every.fucking.one.of.ya.

      Especially his comrades that shrugged their shoulders and went about their jobs.

  14. Here’s a thought: Don’t allow “scandalous” pics & other information to be placed on your electronic devices in the first place. Do what I do…..take Polaroids. 🙂

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  16. I made the mistake of looking at Upton’s bare bewbs. They were nice and all but now the mystery is gone.

  17. I’m for addressing problems at their root:

    1) If you don’t want your twat showing up in pictures in places you didn’t expect, always maneuver carefully to keep your twat out from in front of a camera.

    2) If you aren’t sure whether the person that took the pictures of your twat was a trustworthy friend for life–or a twat–then don’t let him take pictures of your twat.

    Just how in hell did things get so fucked up in only 50-60 years?

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  24. So, someone takes a naked picture of themselves, posts it on the internet, and then complains everyone on the internet sees it.

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