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U.S. Citizen Charged in Canada for Manga on Laptop, Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison

Comic Alliance writes: "A U.S. citizen, identified as a computer programmer and comic book fan, recently flew from his home in America to visit a friend in Canada, and upon his arrival, his iPhone, iPad and laptop were searched by Canadian customs who discovered digital manga images on the laptop. Presumably based on Canadian statutes that treat any sexual images of characters that appear to be under 18 as actual child pornography, the images they discovered were deemed child porn and the man was charged accordingly.

If convicted, the U.S. man, whose name is being withheld, faces a minimum of one year in prison for owning comic book illustrations, in a case that Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein says "could have far reaching implications for comic books and manga in North America.""

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SynGamer4058d ago

Canada really needs to reevaluate their procedures for this. While I completely get that they are trying to crack down on child pornography, the article makes a valid point, how do you KNOW that the character in the manga/comic is under 18 without reading it? And if you go based solely off of appearance, how is that a fair assessment?

Hell, I've seen plenty of "women" who had clearly matured well before the age of 18 and yet they would pass for legal if no one knew who they were. Why should the opposite assume they are children? If anything that's a huge insult to women who look young and are perhaps not as developed in the chest as others their [legal] age.

tayz4058d ago

18-year old Tsunade would take offense to the article.

but ya that totallt sucks for the dude