VICTORY! Swedish manga translator NOT guilty of child porn

15 Jun
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund booth at Won...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund booth at WonderCon 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Mike Hansen

Good news!

The other week, I posted my dismay at a manga translator in Sweden being charged and convicted of child pornography possession for Japanese comic-book drawings on his computer, who was ordered to stop referring to himself as a manga expert, resulting in his loss of work.

In other words, no children were exploited, and no harm was done to anyone. Except one citizen who dared to do research for, y’know, his job.

The CBLDF has reported that Sweden’s Supreme Court has overturned the conviction, ruling in favor of free speech over draconian and unjust laws:

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein welcomed the ruling, stating, “This is an important victory for free expression and for manga. The Swedish Supreme Court has correctly drawn the boundary that governments have a compelling interest in prosecuting criminal behavior, not ideas or expression. Child pornography is an abhorrent crime because real people are harmed, and the creation, distribution and possession of that content are criminal behaviors that contribute to creating victims. Today’s ruling that drawings of an imaginative nature where no victim is created cannot be child pornography is clear-minded and will hopefully provide guidance here in the United States and around the world when similar cases arise in the future.”

(More in the link.)

JUSTICE!

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One Response to “VICTORY! Swedish manga translator NOT guilty of child porn”

  1. Amy July 13, 2012 at 12:44 #

    Good god I’m glad this man wasn’t thrown in prison for owning some comic books! This unnecessary and draconian rulings over anime is starting to become nothing but a violation of freedom of speech. We’re creating victims out of people who aren’t criminals.

    I’ve seen so many comic-books and shows get unfairly altered so badly because of these ridiculous laws. Take TERA in the USA where the company EN-Masse forced censorship on the entire video-game because a cartoon character showed it’s stomach! For the same reasons as the Swedish Manga Translator case!

    Now bathing-suits are coming out for the game and the whole censorship just looks mind-boggling ridiculous. How is a drawing made up by someone being elevated on the standard of a real, actual human being?

    Cartoon characters are suddenly real-life human beings?

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