August 20th, 2008 at 06:49am
Apparently the Internet contains pornography…
Teenagers and young children searching and downloading the latest tunes over the Internet are being exposed to pornographic images and websites.
The popular Internet tool LimeWire is at the centre of the pornography scare.
Searching for Britney Spears and even children shows The Wiggles and HI-5 return explicit images, and links to child porn websites.
That’s just a tad too selective…in truth, searching for anything on LimeWire is likely to produce results which aren’t what you’re searching for, and if you’re lucky you might find what you’re looking for as well.
But who came up with this astonishing revelation? The next paragraph of the article should clarify that:
Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, commander of the child protection and sex crimes squad, says police are seriously concerned about file-sharing programs like LimeWire and their capacity to expose children to inappropriate material.
“Police have previously received reports and conducted investigations into the receipt of this kind of material,” he told News Ltd.
Well, good luck Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, organisations with much more money to play with than you will ever see (the RIAA for one) have been doing their best to get rid of file sharing for many years.
For better or worse, where there is file sharing, there will be unsavoury content, this has been known for a very long time, so why it has managed to make the news today is beyond me. Surely Kevin Rudd has said something on his latest overseas trip…even if he was just ordering dinner, it would be more newsworthy than this tripe.
Update: news.com.au are claiming to have an exclusive on this story, and their article even links to the Limewire website. Does this mean that the folks at news.com.au want people to download Limewire and search for The Wiggles and HI-5, and then follow the yellow brick road to the content that the article whinges about?
While we’re at it, would somebody like to wake a sub-editor?
In April, ?? men were sentenced to jail in Queensland and the Northern Territory for also accessing child porn via LimeWire.