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ONLINE ONLY: Richard Stallman - No censorship is good censorship
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| DR: So is child pornography not a good enough reason to censor the Internet?
| RS: Certainly not, certainly not a good enough reason. There are videos Iâve
| seen that shocked and disgusted me, but I donât want to censor them. I do not
| advocate censorship just because I or you find them disgusting.
| Some people say they want censorship of child pornography because making those
| movies was a crime. Well that may be so, but not always because sometimes when
| they say âchildâ theyâre talking about people aged 16 and 17, who in parts of
| the US can legally get married.
| But forget that lie for a moment. Consider for instance the collateral murder
| video that also depicts a crime and it was made by the vehicle in association
| with the people who were carrying out. Should that be censored around the
| world? I think that when businesses make child pornography and when it
| involves real sexual abuse of real children, then theyâre carrying out a crime
| and anyone participating in the business of distributing that film is involved
| in it. So thereâs a reason other than censorship to prosecute any of them.
| But those who simply redistribute [child pornography] are in the same position
| of people who redistribute the collateral murder video. Theyâre not
| participating in the crime and there are a lot of films that depict murders
| except nobody really got killed. And there are a lot of films that depict the
| harm of animals except none really got harmed so if somebody was really
| torturing an animal, we would stop it. But depicting that without actually
| doing it we consider okayâbut thereâs no need to censor depictions of that.
But trolls gonna troll (and defame)
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