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Translator loses cartoon child porn appeal

AFP/The Local · 29 Jan 2011, 07:56

Published: 29 Jan 2011 07:56 GMT+01:00

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The Svea court of appeal said 39 drawings stocked on Simon Lundström's

computer violated Swedish child pornography laws.

The material was not made public, but the 27-year-old top manga expert's sentencing by a lower court in June had raised the question whether it could

be considered child pornography.

Lundström said the drawings, seized during a police search at his home, circulated freely in Japan and did not, unlike pornography, portray real children.

Friday's court of appeal ruling reduced the fine of 25,000 kronor handed down by the district court in June.

Manga are graphic novels that deal with themes from high school romance to literary classics -- but also with pornography, much of it hardcore and violent.

In December, the city of Tokyo restricted the sale of manga comics and animated films with extreme depictions of rape, incest and other sex crimes, despite industry charges of censorship.

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An amended ordinance passed by the metropolitan assembly of the Japanese

capital said that under-18-year-olds must not be able to buy or rent materials that depict such sexual acts in "unjustifiably glorified or exaggerated ways".

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:28 January 29, 2011 by Kalyissa
Shoto and Lolita have quite a big following at least in the English anime/manga society probably even american (I don't know much about it over here as I haven't found anywhere), just as much as Yaoi/Yuri and Het hentai.

Thing is at least with Yaoi/Yuri and Hentai a large quantity of that have "youthfull" looking men/woman who could easily be underage but always have an age said that is over 18. And you can get hold of all of this easily online. Thing is in my opinion it's not real, no ones been hurt in the making of it, and I'm quite sure most the people who read it won't go out looking for people to hurt.

No more than the Hentai/Yaoi/Yuri that show's explicit rape/torture scenes (oh yes theres a whole lot of this, some of which has also been animated) cause people to go out and rape/torture people.
12:34 January 29, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Drawings cannot hurt anyone.
15:37 January 29, 2011 by sliver
Drawings can hurt kids and anyone else mentally. It never helps to plant images of sexual molestation and violent acts in peoples minds especially young minds.
15:49 January 29, 2011 by byke
Thats sends out a pretty strong message in regards to interpretation of artwork ....
20:16 January 29, 2011 by Nilspet

I think I know what you mean ;)
22:55 January 29, 2011 by Puge Henis
No cartoons were harmed in the making of this lawsuit...
02:13 January 30, 2011 by jackx123
so the next step is to get fined doing a simple pencil drawing of a male genitalia as was pretty common when was a kid - lol
02:25 January 30, 2011 by reason
Oh joy. We now pass laws infringing on our freedom of expression on the off chance that they perhaps might make someone safer. And this while we are ruled, at least in part, by parties that call themselves liberal.

@sliver: Oh yes, we should make illegal all images that might be disturbing to young minds. Let the police search our computers and let the courts fine us for artistic expressions that deviate from a narrow bigoted norm of what's acceptable and proper. And while we're at it, Mr. Orwell's masterpiece must be rebranded as describing the kind of utopian wonderland we all really want our children to live in. It's just a shame we can't fine people for impure thoughts... yet.
03:09 January 30, 2011 by dan_sparrow
he should borrow some child porn magazines from the national library before they ban them XDD, sweden and the absurd laws...what a country
07:22 January 30, 2011 by pantheratigris
Does a naked baby Jesus in a nativity scene constitute child pornography???
08:41 January 30, 2011 by Kaethar
@pantheratigris. We're still waiting for someone to take the case to court. ;)
11:08 January 30, 2011 by Kalyissa

The content in these comics aren't for children most of the stuff you can buy in the shops in Japan etc is 18 + when it includes any adult content. Granted it's easier to find online for free but then again you can say this about any adult content on the web. Far to many websites link to dating / porn websites in thier adverts.
11:12 January 31, 2011 by jackjones
Tom and Jerry cartoons portrays physical harm to animals, which is illegal. "Boys Own" comics portray wars scenes in which aircraft bomb cities murdering civilians, which is a war crime. TV crime dramas can mentally disturb kids.

When will the law learn the difference between make-believe and reality, and not criminalize peoples thoughts and fantasies?
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