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AZ Attorney: LimeWire Closure Prevents Child Porn Charges

AZ Attorney: LimeWire Closure Prevents Child Porn Charges

Arizona-based criminal attorney David Michael Cantor claims that LimeWire has “created more sex offenders in the prison system than any other site or service out there,” and that everyone should be glad this “dangerous service” has been closed down.

Last month U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood issued an injunction ordering LimeWire to disable the “searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality” of the famed file-sharing program, and since then many have debated its effects.

The RIAA heralded its closure as a “significant step in the bright future of digital music” while most of those who use P2P on a regular basis were amazed that people still even use the program.

Still others pointed out that hundreds of alternatives exist, a point emphasized even further after a secret team of developers released a “LimeWire Pirate Edition” where “all dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free.”

Arizona criminal attorney David Michael Cantor has opined that LimeWire’s closure should be welcome news for former users, but not for the risk it posed for copyright infringement charges as some would assume, but rather for the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Cantor says that users were at risk for “accidentally” downloading child pornography that was mislabeled as something else.

“Somebody will go on looking for a music video and then off to the side they’ll see something that says, ‘pthc,'” he says. “That means ‘Pre-teen hardcore’, but they don’t understand that when they click on it. And now they’ve just

downloaded and shared child pornography, and have now flagged themselves and the FBI or local authorities may come and arrest them and seize their computer.”

It sounds rather far fetched that people could download child porn on accident, but Cantor insists that it can, and he has the former clients to prove it. He calls LimeWire an “insidious” service that should’ve “policed themselves better and gotten this stuff off of their network long ago.”

His boldest claim of all is that LimeWire has “created more sex offenders in the prison system than any other site or service out there,” and that everyone should be glad this “dangerous service” has been closed down.

I doubt this is true, but what I doubt even more is the number of “innocent” people that have been wrongfully ensnared in child porn charges for downloading mislabeled copies of “pre-teen hardcore” videos. A P2P service can be “dangerous” if you don’t know what your downloading and from whom. That’s the real lesson of it all.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Nakohichi
Nakohichi

My son accidentally downloaded cp thru limewire. He had 2331 music videos (he's a musician and used limewire for music) He saw 5 of these and deleted them right away. Also were 2 others he never knew about. He's now in Florida Federal Prison serving 30 months then 15 years probation and a lifetime on the sex offender list. We had forensic proof but the courts are so living in the past the forensics just didn't mean that much to them.  SugarforSalt.com

tech
tech

I think we should just remove all the laws...and let people decide whats right and wrong ;)

Quartz
Quartz

I,m disappointed this "Lawyer" somehow managed to pass a bar exam, its pretty clear he is simply wishing to advertise himself on the back of the limewire closure, I monitor a whole p2p network and often see one or two scumbags searching for childporn, no one types in pthc or lolita not knowing what will come up in the search results and from my experience I see multiple search erms used to obtain this material, as for such illegal material "downloading itself" there are two simple explanations either your machine is being operated remotely or its being done locally either way call the authorities and let them chase down the offender, limewire does not have the facility to download child porn automatically so look at other options. Just so your all aware the same companies that look for the sharing of copyrighted material also look for this stuff systematically and they know all the latest terms and no doubt log any results from those sharing such vile material, if anyone here accidently downloads a child porn file delete it immediately you recognise what it is, those who dont or have more than a single file on their machines are not innocent by any stretch of the imagination regardless of what some lawyer claims, lets be honest here anyone can make claims of others wrongdoing but common sense and a knowledge of human nature are all thats required to see the flaws in such poor excuses used by criminals representatives.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

The better question is why does the law arrest people for accidentally downloading child porn? If it seems like a clear case, or if it is so easy to accidentally download, then maybe we should analyze the laws that are harming the innocent.

The Pope
The Pope

Limewire Is responsible for the grearest downloading of child porn in the universe. It is the only reason i stopped using their network.

Gavin
Gavin

Too me it seems a good way to catch people who are that way inclined. Obousely don't prosute some one who has download one or two files but people how have downloaded muliple copys. That way you should have the bad guys and the chances are they will have more underage porn on there computer to secure a proscution.

porno
porno

LOL! Let’s shut down the u.s. mail system too because there may be kiddy porn in some packages.

disinter
disinter

True and banning lighters and matches would have a SERIOUS effect on arson.

Carlos
Carlos

I actually just found this posting due to searching for a virus that would download things like this forcefully, my Wife enjoys music, and has been known to use Limewire, and more recently, and mock up looking program called "Frostwire". I've pointed out before it could get her, or us as a family in trouble before, but her claim is, we don't have the money to buy the music anyways, so were not keeping anyone from making money! Anyways, the other day I was using the computer when I noticed my internet connection speed seemed to be SERIOUSLY slow. The computer had been off day until now. I started looking for programs running, and noticed "Frostwire" on the taskbar. When opening it I was shocked to find all sorts of porn downloads going on, some of these labeled as child porn or what have you. I was further shocked to think that my Wife may have started these downloads! But, as I sat there, closing out the downloads, I noticed more were starting by themselves! To the point to where I couldn't close them fast enough. In the end, I backed up our family pictures to a flash drive, and formatted the entire hard drive. If people are ARRESTED for this, I can see this becomming a serious issue!

Gamer8585
Gamer8585

Way back along time ago when I was still using Kazaa my PC crashed and I couldn't find the MS Office disk. So I decided to try and download it. I got a copy labeled MS OFFICE.iso (or something like that), however when I tried to mount it it wasn't being read correctly. On a whim I ran it though GSPOT and found out that it was actually and mpeg file. I changed the extension and low-and-behold it was some really hardcore porn. After a through "review" and a quick nap it hit me that I was lucky it wasn't child-porn, just probably something a guy was trying to hide from his wife and kids. So yes it can happen since as we all know file names are not necessarily truthful.

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

I unintentionally downloaded unwanted images on one of the P2P programs I had a long time ago. I don't know which program it was, but it was the early 2000s. Anyway, it had a automatic image download feature, where you could search for terms, and the program would crawl the network and download anything by that name. I looked for Dogs and got lots of Dog pictures, and you could even download all gif files on the network if you wanted. I was on dial-up net then and I'd go away from the computer and let it run, and come back later. I only got to look at the stuff months later, only to find that there were pictures of Cats in there for example.. :) Boomer

disinter
disinter

LOL! Let's shut down the u.s. mail system too because there may be kiddy porn in some packages. Let's shut down the entire phone system because some pervert may call the wrong number and get a kid on the phone and verbally molest them. Limewire isn't enough, end the entire internet completely to stop kiddy porn. It's very insulting to me that these MafiAA types continue to put forth this myth that the only people who are on the internet are pirates and child molesters and if someone is downloading something, it's got to be pirated stuff or kiddy porn. There are alot of legal services that allow downloading like napster and netflix and they don't offer kiddy porn.

iowa mom
iowa mom

yes, limewire can allow you to type in child porn terms without knowing what they are. The legal porn on limewire had keywords attached. you type that in hit download all, let the computer do its thing like you do with your other downloads and wahlah, you have just received child porn. and potentially lots of it depending on your download speed. then you are looking at a mandatory 5 year prison term.



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