Reuters: A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit brought by members of the adult entertainment industry which challenges federal laws requiring pornography producers to report the ages of all performers.
| Free Speech Coalition v Attorney General, No. 10-4085 (3rd Cir. April 16, 2012) (Before SCIRICA, RENDELL, and SMITH, Circuit Judges. )
Findlaw: [Defendant] . . . argued that viewing and search for child pornography doesn’t qualify as receiving the images. The jury disagreed and convicted Sturm on both counts. Sturm appealed. This week, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Sturm’s convictions. | U.S. v. Sturm
Toledo Blade: How long can a computer hard drive be left behind before it is considered abandoned and subject to search by police without a warrant? That was the question before the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday as it weighed the child rape, child pornography, and other convictions of Dennis Gould . . . | Hat tip: How Appealing for providing a link to the documents, summary of the case, and video of the arguments.
A federal judge has blocked a state law meant to prevent the spread of child pornography, saying it violates the First Amendment and is too broad in its scope. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline permanently barred enforcement of Senate Bill 22 . . . | Order: American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression v. Sullivan
David Kravets at Wired.com (May 5, 2011): A federal appeals court is issuing a clear warning to employees: Violate your employer’s computer-use policy and be fired. | Zellner v. Harrick, No. 10-2729 (7th Cir. Apr. 29, 2011)
Oregonian: In response to a Oregon Supreme Court ruling this year, the Oregon Senate voted today to make it a crime to view child pornography online for free. | Oregon v. Barger, No. CA A138678 (Ore. Jan 6, 2011) | Senate Bill 803
AFP: The group in charge of Internet addresses on Friday opened the door for websites ending with “.xxx” but delayed deciding whether to open the floodgates for other suffixes.
“A national Swedish evaluation study has highlighted the need for a chain of interventions to offer children who have experienced violence against their mother the right level of support to work through their experiences. There is also frequently a lack of structured risk assessments for identifying children who are at continued risk of exposure to violence, reveal researchers from the universities of Gothenburg, Karlstad, Uppsala and Örebro.”
“Professional counselors are calling for immediate action to tackle increasing cases of addiction to internet pornography among Kenyan youth.”
Tulsa World: “On Wednesday, the appellate court found the ‘government presented no evidence that Mr. Dobbs actually saw the two images on his monitor, such that he would have had the ability to exercise control over them.’” | U.S. v. Dobbs, No. 09-5025 (10th Jan. 5, 2011)