Hello everyone. Now this news is a bit old but it's likely that most of the members here have not heard about this yet. Here are some links to the story.
There are other similar cases as well.
In Japan there is a subculture that exists where people draw and publish their own comics and sell them at events. Sometimes people who want to become professionals do this to make a name for themselves. In other cases, it's just for fun. Because the comics are printed and sold by individuals, they don't have to meet any standards of an editor like one would normally need to do if making professional comics. So they are basically free to draw whatever they want. Also, in Japan nobody gets angry about propertry rights for a character. So that is to say, you can make your own comic about Sailor Moon, for example, and neither Naoko Takeuchi nor Toei Animation will try to sue you for selling it. So due to the limitless nature of these private comics, often times very sexual works are created. That's what this topic is about.
In this case, a man in the USA was arrested for importing some of these comics from Japan. It appears he could be looking to serve as much as 20 years in prison. This is because some of the characters in the erotic comics appear to be minors. Now this is a touchy subject for many, but I am not afraid of "taboo subjects" on this forum. I want to hear the opinion of the "godless heathens" on this issue. They are charging the man with possession on child pornography. Now, many out there will say, "Good, he gets what he deserves. One more pervert off the streets." I believe that this is a slippery slope for freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I assume that the reason that child pornography is illegal in the first place is to protect the children who are harmed in its production. In a case such as this, who is the victim? Where is the crime? The case can be made that he will attack real children soon, so we should lock him up now. It's that logic that scares me. It's the same case that was made against violent video games. It has been said that they make people more violent. Similar arguments were even made against rock music several decades ago.
In my opinion, I don't think we should be able to charge someone with a crime if there is no victim. The only crime in this case is that the people are disgusted with the material in the comics. But does that warrant 20 years in prision? If drawings that are kept in your own home are not protected by freedom of speech and expression, what else won't be protected in 10 years? In 20 years?