[Foundation-l] Controversial Content Study Part 3

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 14:56:08 UTC 2010

On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 7:15 AM,  <wiki-list at phizz.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> thepmaccount at gmail.com wrote:
>> failed at copy / paste - with apologies, here is the link to the image
>> I would think it best to remove permanently;
>> http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Closeup_of_female_masturbation_pastel.jpg&action=edit&redlink=1
> You are aware that, if it is an image is of an underage person, then in some jurisdictions clicking on that link and having the image downloaded in your browser cache is illegal? Also that having it found in someone's browser cache could cause them to be barred from various types of employment for life. And additionally the same would be true if the image was embedded on a wikipage which someone clicked on.

I think you're overstating the risk here, if you're referring to
developers clicking on the link in order to delete the file (which
private musings noted is only available to oversighters, contrary to
Marcus Buck's comment that the file no longer exists).

Accessing a file in order to delete it from public view is in the
public interest. I suppose laws can be different everywhere, but
prohibiting the deletion of such images on grounds that you have to
possess it in order to delete it... Not exactly productive, if the
intent is to limit access as much as possible.

As for GerardM's comment - I think PM brought it up to illustrate the
problem, not because he thought this was the only example. It isn't a
purely theoretical issue, there are actual cases that make policy
development an important concern.


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