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Re: Bug#283578: ITP: hot-babe -- erotic graphical system activity monitor

On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 23:16, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org> writes:
> > I'm not aware of any law that says "if you give someone media that is
> > only X% otherwise illegal to give to them, then it's not illegal", in
> > any country. Is this actually the case somewhere in Europe?
> Well, it's true in the US, sort of, though the parameters matter.  In
> general, there are a lot of things which are not a problem if they are
> de minimis; and whether something is de minimis depends on its
> relative size in context.

Yes, sorry; I was ambiguous in my point. I should have said "collection
of media" rather than "media".

My opinion is that de minimis would apply if (for example) I wrote a
novel with a sex scene in it. The sex scene is not independent of the
rest of the (non-sexy) novel, and though the scene is erotic, the novel
is not.

On the other hand, I don't think this arguement would apply to a Debian
CD, because (more or less) each element is independent. It would be the
equivalent of giving a child a stack of 20 magazines, of which one is
wholly pornographic.

(I will happily defer to those that better understand the laws involved
in this issue; my only point is that we should be considering this
exclusively as a legal problem and not a religious/ethical one.)
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org>

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