QLD man charged for propagating a baby-swinging viral-vid!

20 12 2008

this time the “do-gooders” are the Queensland police with their heads up their arses, with the way they’re *choosing* to enforce the law:

A Queensland man has been charged for re-publishing on a video-sharing site a viral video of a man swinging a baby around like a rag doll.  The video he uploaded to the site was reported to police by a Britton.

The controversial three-minute video had already been published widely across the internet and shown on American TV news shows. The clip can still be found online today.

Chris Illingworth, 60, a father of four from Maroochydore, thought he would share it with fellow users of Liveleak, a site similar to YouTube but focused on news and current events. In two years, he has uploaded hundreds of videos to Liveleak.

(source: theage.com.au)

the implications for ordinary internet users who propagate certain material is enormous.  in the minds of Do-Gooder Extremists, it doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re the subject in the video, the videographer, performing citizen journalism, or simply passing/soliciting comment on the subject – all seem to be fair game for those who charge themselves with the task of “protecting the children”.

as the article goes on to suggest, this year we have indeed reached hysterical levels of ridiculousness in efforts to combat child abuse and child porn (and yes, there’ve been some excellent wins, too).

just for the record, i abhor child abuse & child porn.

but for the love of god, is it too much to ask for you do-gooder maniacs put your efforts where they might actually MATTER and COUNT for what you supposedly stand for?

cuz from where i’m standing, these mindless shenanigans are just wasting my tax-payer money.

i can only hope(?) there’s A LOT more to this Queensland man that hasn’t yet come to light – other than being an ordinary netizen – to justify this crap.




2 responses

2 08 2009
Chris Illingworth


All I did was share a video, one that has been shown on Australian TV “amazing medical stories, the video can be found on 40 other site, type in swinging baby on your tube. Beware in Australia of what you upload, if found guilty it carries a 10 year jail term, if need be I will take this stupid charge to the Supreme Court, the Law must be changed.

Task Force Argos cannot handle the load they have with the international attention to the Biggles9 crap for downloading a Russian Circus training video with no child abuse material and lost some real criminals (maybe, with their history of incompetence and arrogance, these might be Grandmothers that got caught with their Grandchildren in an old wood rocking chair without the proper government rating and shared the video with family online). Perhaps Argos should actually concentrate on crime?

3 08 2009

Chris, thanks for the reply. I just spent a bit of time on the tubes to catch up on your case. Argos’ conduct is as despicable to me now as it was in December. One of your vids says your hearing was last month – has it happened yet? Best of luck…

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