Saturday, February 10, 2007

Teens can legally have sex, but if they take pictures, they're child pornographers

The Florida state appeals court ruled that a 16-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy in Tallahassee who took digital photos of themselves having sex were guilty of violating child pornography laws. The appeals court panel rules 2-3 that the Florida Constitution's right to privacy did not protect them. Judge James Wolf, in the majority opinion, wrote that they could sell the photos to child pornographers, and "if these pictures are ultimately released, future damage may be done to these minors' careers or personal lives." Apparently he's not concerned about the damage he's doing to them by causing them to become convicted child pornographers for taking pictures of themselves. Judge Philip Padovano, in his dissent, wrote that the law was intended to prevent children from being abused by others, not to punish them for their own mistakes.

More details in Declan McCullagh's story at

1 comment:

Einzige said...

They'll be labeled "sex offenders" for the rest of their lives, too, and thus subject to all that entails.

Very sad.