South Australia wants to ban humiliating images from the Web

By on March 18, 2011, 8:30 AM
According to a report by the AAP, the South Australian government hopes to outlaw violent and humiliating images from the Internet. Proposed by Attorney General John Rau, the legislation is the first of its kind in Australia and would make it illegal to post demeaning images of others online without their consent. Rau said that the law is designed to punish people for publishing videos of themselves performing violent and degrading acts -- a common practice among teens.

"The government wants to attack this disgusting fad of thugs engineering and filming violent and humiliating acts and posting the images to websites," said Rau. "This behavior is so disturbing and potentially damaging to the victims that I believe the creators of these images should be subject to severe penalties, including jail sentences. The government wants to make it very clear that if a person participates in any way in an act of this sort, then the consequences will be severe."


The law would extend to all parties involved in posting the offending material. For instance, if you knowingly allow someone to upload the images with your computer or phone, you'll also be in the hot seat. Of course, this is all easier said than done and opponents of the proposal raise several valid concerns. "We have no indication of how this initiative will be policed or how we can avoid people being unfairly caught by the legislation," contests justice spokesperson Stephen Wade.




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Arris Arris said:

Good luck with enforcing such a thing. My god, you'd have thought someone in the Aussie governments think tank that came up with this idea would have had enough knowledge of the subject matter to know it's impracticality.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Does Austraila's political body not have anything better to do than come up with more absurd ideas about how to censor the Internet?

Guest said:

Is this not already covered by defamation law?

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Okay, just imagine that cat with half the length in legs, a slightly bigger head and eyes, and orange (calico, however you spell it) fur, and THATS my cat. Not that anybody cares.

/ignoring article purposefully

Raswan Raswan said:

Owner of that pic should be jailed for animal abuse no matter what else. People who do things to their animals, even if (like in this case) it's harmless and just to be funny, can suck it.

jetkami said:

maybe im wrong but i could gave a hoot about animals when 1% of humans own 90% of the wealth and thousands of HUMANS are dying daily.

Cota Cota said:

Arris said:

Good luck with enforcing such a thing. My god, you'd have thought someone in the Aussie governments think tank that came up with this idea would have had enough knowledge of the subject matter to know it's impracticality.

They work in the goverment, they dont understand "the internets", youtube "Your Dad Asks Computer Questions" :P

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

trillionsin said:

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Sorry, meant to add to this... This is my google gallery posting my cat. As far as I can see, techspot did not have a location to upload photos and I do not know the proper way to direct to the pics. Sorry techspot mods. If this is against rules, please just let me know before taking any actions against me.

Still ignoring the article on purpose... it's just silly. Not the article itself, but what it's about.

Raswan Raswan said:

Sorry. *Trillionsin.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Looks like Australia's legislators have seriously gone off the deep end.

zanic said:

You don't eat chicken?

Guest said:

They must be under the impression that they're 'winning'!

Raswan Raswan said:

Comment reposted because of removal by (I'm assuming) mods (The core of it, minus any comments directed at other members):

Techspot,

It is irresponsible to include the picture you embed in this article, without any explanatory caption. The article discusses "violent and humiliating images" being legislated against by the Australian government with respect to HUMANS. Yet the picture you include is clearly meant to be a funny picture of a cat who has been shaved for what is apparently (from the tone of the text in the image) not a preventative grooming measure, but rather just for fun. In so doing, you implicitly encourage and condone such shaving of pets, which besides being insensitive and inhumane suggests, on some level, cruelty to animals. If this is the kind of message you want to send, fine. If it isn't, I suggest you remove the picture asap and replace it with something more appropriate, or provide an explanation for including it as you do. You, of course, have every right to police the behavior of those who frequent your forums. Shouldn't you also police yourselves?

-Ry

Guest said:

winner: black market pirates for gaining a new market niche

looser: the australian dignity for having politicians that make laws instead of creating solutions.

PinothyJ said:

The image is meant to indicate that the animal in question had no choice and the look on its face in that picture indicates that it is humiliated. It is in no way animal abuse to shave the fur off a cat - many people do it and you can ever get companies who will 'groom' your kitty in such a manner.

NunjaBusiness said:

Good luck even defining "humiliating."

What humiliates one person is NOT ncecessarily humliating to another.

bl4cksh4d0w said:

raswan said:

Comment reposted because of removal by (I'm assuming) mods (The core of it, minus any comments directed at other members):

Techspot,

It is irresponsible to include the picture you embed in this article, without any explanatory caption. The article discusses "violent and humiliating images" being legislated against by the Australian government with respect to HUMANS. Yet the picture you include is clearly meant to be a funny picture of a cat who has been shaved for what is apparently (from the tone of the text in the image) not a preventative grooming measure, but rather just for fun. In so doing, you implicitly encourage and condone such shaving of pets, which besides being insensitive and inhumane suggests, on some level, cruelty to animals. If this is the kind of message you want to send, fine. If it isn't, I suggest you remove the picture asap and replace it with something more appropriate, or provide an explanation for including it as you do. You, of course, have every right to police the behavior of those who frequent your forums. Shouldn't you also police yourselves?

-Ry

Dude grow up.. You have no idea why that cat was originally shaved. Some cats fur is very prone to mattes. if the mattes get to bad, the only way to fix it is to have the entire coat shaved. This is a common practice for most groomers that deal with matted cats. The only thing I see is someone making a good laugh at the cats expense. That however is not animal abuse..

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Does Being Paid to Model take the Humiliation Away....?

If "South Australia *** " is serious about this, then they should either throw "abbywinters" off the web altogether, or force them to recruit some decent looking women.

I'd suggest Scouting for models from either the Ukraine, or the Russian Federation.

(***) This makes it sound like "South Australia" is a separate country. What does "North Australia" have to say in the matter? Do they have a different standards requiring a higher level of proof that "actual humiliation has occurred"? How about if you've humiliated yourself on purpose, does that count? How about if you've been paid to humiliate yourself? Because here in the USA, we have entire TV franchises dedicated to people being humiliated. (America's Funniest Home Videos, to name one. Then there's the Jerry Springer Show, which takes self humiliation to a transcendent level! Oh, and before I forget there's, "Jacka**" .

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

The denizens Northern Territory (North Australia) and Queensland think the rumours they've heard regarding indoor plumbing are nothing more than science fiction....For the most part I suspect they would assume that xxx is a typo concerning their breakfast meal

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The denizens Northern Territory (North Australia) abd Queensland think the rumours they've heard regarding indoor plumbing are nothing more than science fiction....For the most part I suspect they would assume that xxx is a typo concerning their breakfast meal
Dude, that's harsh. A happy bathroom is a bathroom with a half moon on the door. And a happy family, is a family lined up to use it. Of course there will always be the occasional grumbling about one member's temporary loss of "download speed".

You still haven't either explained, or made apologies for, "abbywinters"....are they from the North....???

Is there a territory wide pandemic of, "paranoid delusions of Crocodile Dundee-hood"....?

(I'm still in awe of your prowess for finding ways to illustrate your point).

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

If they look like this, this or this ....then probably yes

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

If they look like this, this or this ....then probably yes
Inbreeding's finest hour...... Although I must say, they pretty much look the same as the social entitlement caste that's being pandered to over here. Hmmm.., dey is some prime candidates for the "Jerry Springer Show".

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

All play and no work makes Jack a dull(headed) boy

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Now see, if South Australia gets its way, you wouldn't be able to post such stellar examples of humanity's lofty goals. (Unless of course, the bar is drastically lowered).

(That said,, if we were indeed to try and "loft" them to the stars, Queensland would probably go down instead).

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

That would make a fine and fitting motto...

"Australia: Lowering the bar for two-hundred years"

Believe it or not, South Australia is considered a "liberal state" in Australia....Queensland's reputation on the other hand is well deserved.

Queensland would probably go down instead

I think Queensland also has laws against that

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Queensland would probably go down instead).
I think Queensland also has laws against that
As does West Virginia, but only with respect to immediate family "members".....

Now see what you've done here? Taken a perfectly innocent fat joke, and turned it into something vulgar. Good show....!

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Now see what you've done here? Taken a perfectly innocent fat joke, and turned it into something vulgar. Good show....!

I belong to a number of informal associations that make it mandatory that I do so whenever I see the opportunity, and of course, heaping scorn upon each other is also how Australians and New Zealanders show sodality towards each other.

Is there a territory wide pandemic of, "paranoid delusions of Crocodile Dundee-hood"....?

What fo you expect from a country whose icons are cross-dressers, people stupid enough to wrestle wild animals, adopted americans with character defects and....a horse.

DokkRokken said:

So New Zealand is like Australia's Canada, eh? :P

That might be below the belt.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Yep, that pretty much sums up the feeling...both ways, assuming that you're comparing Canada with the U.S.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

So New Zealand is like Australia's Canada, eh? :P

That might be below the belt.

Imagine my surprise to learn that I hate Canadians and they hate us....can't we all just get along!...cripes!..I'm goin to the Legion!

**** now if you really want to see some yay-who's...never mind..

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captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That does give one pause to wonder how no pro football in the fall would be a bad thing.

Go Eagles, go South Australia!

Would the cheese heads photo pass muster down under? Would self humiliation be exempt, or merely grandfathered in, limited to what's currently on the web?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Imagine my surprise to learn that I hate Canadians and they hate us....can't we all just get along!...cripes!..I'm goin to the Legion!

**** now if you really want to see some yay-who's...never mind..

]http://...cheesehead

Getting tired of waiting for that first Lombardi* ?

I didn't realise the Canadian/U.S. thing was a mutual hating. Aussie's and Kiwi's are more like two brothers that each have a superiority complex

(*Sorry, had to make use of the Dongslinger jokes- the man's only got three or four more comeback seasons left in him)

Would self humiliation be exempt?..

It would have to be, or Australia would need to institute a complete ban on its population using Facebook and Myspace.

DokkRokken said:

Actually, the USA/Canada thing is a superiority complex, but it's only Canada that tends to exhibit the symptoms. We're really just America's ugly, attic-dwelling half-brother. Since we're in our own little world up here, we like to pretend we're kind of a big deal.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Getting tired of waiting for that first Lombardi* ?

I gave up after attempt #4 Got tired of watching Dad cry)

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Actually, the USA/Canada thing is a superiority complex, but it's only Canada that tends to exhibit the symptoms. We're really just America's ugly, attic-dwelling half-brother. Since we're in our own little world up here, we like to pretend we're kind of a big deal.

Awwww, someone needs a hug Well I didn't know about this attitude, but then again, half of Minnesota disappears during the summer for Fly-in's /portages to pursue muske and walleye up there.

Would the cheese heads photo pass muster down under? Would self humiliation be exempt, or merely grandfathered in, limited to what's currently on

the web?

I think the response from Wisconsinites would be..."what humiliation?"

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Would the cheese heads photo pass muster down under? Would self humiliation be exempt, or merely grandfathered in, limited to what's currently on the web?
I think the response from Wisconsinites would be..."what humiliation?"
Indeed, ignorance is bliss, especially after you wash it down with the cheapest rotgut malt liquor that downtown Green Bay has to offer.

Classic Rock said:

That and the other *****'s remark about Australians are so at odds with what I have come to expect from the Techspot community, I am actually rather surprised to see such racism and stupidity here.

You lot come out with drivel like that and then wonder why you are among the most hated nations worldwide. And as far as the inbreeding goes, those in glass houses should not throw stones.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

"The world is full of people just waiting to be offended by something". So I take it that you're a happy customer.....

That and the other *****'s remark about Australians are so at odds with what I have come to expect from the Techspot community, I am actually rather surprised to see such racism and stupidity here.

You lot come out with drivel like that and then wonder why you are among the most hated nations worldwide. And as far as the inbreeding goes, those in glass houses should not throw stones.

As far as the "drivel" you're spouting, if you were here long enough, you'd realize that we're just joking, but don't particularly care whether you get that or not.

Moving on, what exactly do you expect from the "Techspot Community"? My personal experience is that many summary passersby are looking for free advice, so that they don't have to pay to get their computer built or repaired. Does that mesh better with your expectations?

And by the way, I don't spend any time "wondering why we're the most hated nation on earth, I simply don't care what you think, what your opinion is, what you care about, what makes you "angry", or what you aspire to, period.

Astonishingly enough, the "most hated nation on earth" probably has the highest percentage of illegal aliens. So, my question is, "why don't you do us the courtesy of staying the f*** home, and hating us from there"? Nobody has to like us, we'll still send you your foreign aid check. We're good like that.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

That and the....

Thank you for the input.

Your reaction to satirical stimulus has been noted.

You will be notified by mail should your application for the position of Arbiter of Public Morality is successful.

which should bring us full circle re the thread starter

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

You will be notified by mail should your application for the position of Arbiter of Public Morality is successful.

which should bring us full circle re the thread starter

Does this mean I'm out of the running?

mailpup mailpup said:

I think we've had enough nation bashing and personal comments. Please avoid dragging the thread off topic. Thank you.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Captaincranky said:

As far as the "drivel" you're spouting, if you were here long enough, you'd realize that we're just joking, but don't particularly care whether you get that or not.

Thank you for the input.

Your reaction to satirical stimulus has been noted.

You will be notified by mail should your application for the position of Arbiter of Public Morality is successful.

which should bring us full circle re the thread starter

While you wait,

why not do something with all this energy you have for searching to be offended to do something about that which is actually offensive. Give this guy a call. (Hurry before Cap busts my **** about that sentence structure)

[link]

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

While you wait,

why not do something with all this energy you have for searching to be offended to do something about that which is actually offensive. Give this guy a call. (Hurry before Cap busts my **** about that sentence structure)

[link]

OK, exactly to what "sentence structure" are you referring? You pioneering devil, you've "boldly gone where no English has gone before", into the realm of the "run on phrase". "If it's not one prepositional phrase it's another"! I think Roseanne Roseannadanna said that.

My heart burned when I saw your link. No really, I was furious. I just hope we've saved an extra Tomahawk Missile or two for wherever that picture was taken. No sense wasting all the "foreign aid"on Libya.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I think a surgical (preferably with a rusty knife) strike would be more in order.

I'd save the Tomahawk's for the studio that produces "America's Funniest Home Video's" - there is something disturbing about people who just happen to have a camera handy when children come to grief. I wonder if that (and other tv shows of the same ilk) will be banned from South Australian TV channels.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

there is something disturbing about people who just happen to have a camera handy when children come to grief.

which is basically everyone with a cell phone, tablet or friends for that matter. No exclusion process is in order. This pic isn't that bad. While in college and having roomies we pooled 500 usd to buy a white cat just to dye it purple with beet juice. He was renamed "Eek," and is still to this day loved by many.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

It's a Cruel World that Forces an Innocent Pu**y to go Goth....

"500 dollars, screamed the man at the hooker in the Walmart parking lot"! Why I could get a white cat for less than half that.

Seriously though, the cat's still with us? College being what it is, I'm quite surprised that you and your roomies didn't bore it to death with log, heartfelt discussions, on existentialism.

I mean really, those long winded "discussions" are apt to cause "concussions".

On a more serious note, does anybody remember the old "CARE" commercials? Those were the good old days, when a pathetic wretch holding on to a stale kaiser roll for dear life still moved me.

wizardB wizardB said:

And a new totalitarian state is born!!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Thread title:

South Australia wants to ban humiliating images from the Web

I guess the Ashes would fall into that catagory then...

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

+1 for the loss of no wicket.

A healthy first innings lead, Benny.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

+1 for the loss of no wicket.

A healthy first innings lead, Benny.

Ha ha

Beautiful stroke good sir..Nice placement with that one.

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