South Australia wants to ban humiliating images from the Web

By Matthew ยท 50 replies
Mar 17, 2011
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  1. 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.

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    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.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Does Austraila's political body not have anything better to do than come up with more absurd ideas about how to censor the Internet?
  4. Is this not already covered by defamation law?
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    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
  6. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    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.
  7. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    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.
  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    They work in the goverment, they dont understand "the internets", youtube "Your Dad Asks Computer Questions" :p
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

  10. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    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.
  11. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Sorry. *Trillionsin. ;)
  12. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

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

    zanic TS Rookie

    You don't eat chicken?
  14. They must be under the impression that they're 'winning'!
  15. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

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


    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?

  16. winner: black market pirates for gaining a new market niche
    looser: the australian dignity for having politicians that make laws instead of creating solutions.
  17. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    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.
  18. NunjaBusiness

    NunjaBusiness TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Good luck even defining "humiliating."
    What humiliates one person is NOT ncecessarily humliating to another.
  19. bl4cksh4d0w

    bl4cksh4d0w TS Rookie Posts: 18

    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..
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    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**").
  21. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    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
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    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).
  23. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    Inbreeding's finest hour......:rolleyes: 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".
  25. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

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

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