Child pornography laws – case for reason over emotions in legislation

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There are few topics as controversial and unambiguous at the same time as child pornography. While everyone agrees that sexual exploitation of children is heinous crime and lot of resources has to be concentrated on ending it, questions of what exactly constitutes of child pornography, how to fight to what extend it should be prohibited (production? possession or just gaining access?) remains unanswered. Furthermore due to sensitivity of subject it often causes knee jerk reaction and stream of emotional, rather than rational, arguments which is visible especially in public legislation debates. After all who would ever oppose laws that enables law enforcement to fight child pornography more efficiently, even if civil liberties are left behind in the process. However, even putting aside this aspect, laws often goes to far within their own frameworks or lack coordination between various bills that tries to grasp their straws. That was the case with…

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