Attorney General to Challenge Oregon’s CP Law

Jan 10, 2011 4:00 PM PST
SALEM, Ore. — The recent Oregon Supreme Court ruling that it’s not illegal to view child porn on the Internet has prompted Attorney General John Kroger to draft legislation to change state law.

The court had ruled that unlike other states, where it’s illegal to view child porn, Oregon makes viewing child porn illegal only if someone pays for it.

The court said simply looking at photos on a website does not mean a person “possessed” the photos.

Justice Department spokesman Tony Green said that the proposed legislation will look to alter the legal definition of "possess" and "control" when it comes to online activity.

"In today's Internet technology, you can view and you can manipulate and you can send to other people documents without necessarily ever having them on your hard drive,” Green said.

“Our belief is, that still amounts to control or possession. But, we need to clarify the statute to make sure that is the case."

Green added they are still early in the process, so he could not say which lawmakers have shown interest in backing such a proposal.

Various officials and child-advocacy groups such as the ASACP have spoken out against the ruling saying that the court’s decision fails to protect children from online porn and that many pedophiles have access to child porn without having to pay for it.

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