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Published: Thursday, June 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

This editorial is overstating the case. Child pornography is uniquely vile. It must be stopped. Beyond that, the definition of "pornography" is still a problem. BYU doesn't want its students looking at Rodin's statues, which the rest of the world considers consummate art. Does the DN want Rodin banned from the internet? How about Michelangelo's David? Personally, I don't want the administrators of the DN/BYU/Bonneville Int'l complex deciding what is acceptable on the internet for the rest of us.

Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

[Unfortunately, Google is unlikely to take similar action against any other forms of obscenity.]

Yeah, probably because "obscenity" is extremely relative. Even the Supreme Court says there is no real definition for it. I find obese/old people wearing tank tops and shorts obscene, but that doesn't mean it should be illegal.

You can't have art and freedom of expression without porn. Countries that prohibit pornography usually fall at the bottom of any Human Rights/Development index, whereas all the nations of the G8 are the most active producers/consumers of porn.

Child pornography, on the other hand, is extremely easy to define.

9MM
Murray, UT

I agree whole heartedly with this article. It is too bad the mainstream flow of our culture can't find the solid footing when it comes to the rest of the vileness. The comments made about these type articles are self revealing on this topic.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Why stop with only child porn?

PLM
Kaysville, UT

Thank you Google for taking a stance to protect children. Each human body (and life) is sacred and deserves respectful care. The beauty of the body is to be enjoyed privately, between a husband and wife, and not to be displayed in a public setting. I am an artist and have taken flack for objecting to the "objectification" of men and women. Please leave children alone.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"I find obese/old people wearing tank tops and shorts obscene, but that doesn't mean it should be illegal."

Thats funny.... I find overly skinny people obsessed with their looks likewise repulsive.... funny how that works.

Good for Google. The main issue here is these children are being exploited. there is no way to say they are doing any of this of their free will or choice. This is the providence of adults who take advantage of the innocent and defenseless to satisfy their own desires - with little to no regard for its impact on the kids.

We can have all kinds of arguments over what is porn, or obscene, but this is an area that needs no debate or clarification. Let kids grow up as kids, and not having to deal with adults issues. Just let them be kids.... its a time that passes to soon anyway.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@Mukkake:

"Countries that prohibit pornography usually fall at the bottom of any Human Rights/Development index, whereas all the nations of the G8 are the most active producers/consumers of porn."

You have failed to show causation.

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