Couple sues WalMart over photos

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  1. c.cloudwalker

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    When it comes to THINK OF THE CHILDREN!?!?!?!, yes, yes we've completely lost our minds.
     
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    Yes. America has gone crazy.

    The thing that confuses me is, why were their names put in the registry of sex offenders? I mean, I thought that only happened if you were convicted. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Has your country really fallen so far?
     
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    The registry is probably an example of an overzealous prosecutor rushing things through.

    The city and WMart are probably going to be handed their a**es in the lawsuits.
     
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    All bets are off when CPS gets involved. Shoot now, ask questions later.
     
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    It isnt just america..
    I know Child Porn is a serious matter (if your a subscriber, go to the subscriber forum and look at my post "I can't believe it is so easy too...")
    But calling everyone with a picture of their children pedos.... now that is just out of order! The government are being FAR too strict, I'm sure somewhere it has stated that the DISTRUBUTION of child porn is what is illegl, Not having a photo of your kids having a bath, everyone does that...
    Honestly whoever made that rule up; that you cant take pictures of your kids in a bath, must have had a huge cock up their ass...

    Look how ***** we have turned...
    2000 years ago, Kids about 8 were being married to guys aged like 30 - 40
    now if you even look in the direction of a kid, your a ****ing pedo...
    I heard a story a while back, A dude who worked in Asda (Walmart for you americans...)
    A little girl asked him to get her something off the top shelf, the mother of the child saw the guy give the girl w/e she was wanting (an innocent item btw.. i think it was juice or crisps...)
    And she started calling him a pedo...

    The government is going to cause a civil war again.
    Mind you... like they care... they have the army and the police to protect them, its not the government who will die, it is all the people in the army, the police officers, and for what? The governments misues of power...

    Sure, there needs to be rules and regulations in place in order to protect us, But the law is going to far now...
    e.g. copyright theft = 5 years in prison? for one download? GTFO
    Sure, we shouldn't steal peoples work.. .but 5years? really? atleast make you pay double the price of the item... but then they claim you have caused damages etc...(once again look at my post "£500 for an album? WTF" if your a subscriber)

    Yet if i go out and Cause someone Grevious bodily harm.. I can be out of prison in about 6 months... and then possibly murder the person that put me in...
    Where is the logic in there? theres none...
    There should be so much that the law controls
    and The rest should be common practice and respect...
    That would make both, Polices job easier, Lawyers training easier, And general life...
    Even if we did remove allot of the dumb laws (or atleast tone it down a bit)
    there would still be a crap load of GOOD laws.
     
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    That is what really got me about this story. That and the fact that the kids were taken away. In spite of the work of groups like the Innocence Project, we seem to be getting more and more into a guilty until proven innocent mode and it's pretty scary.

    The basic event is nothing new. The same thing happened to an artist I knew some 15-20 years ago. A picture of her daughter in the tub. What is new is the way it was handled. This friend did not lose her kid for any period of time, was not listed as a sex offender, etc.

    But let's remember that the forum does not want political discussions here (and I don't blame them) and my goal in posting this is to warn photographers to be careful what they take to be printed by a retail place. I tend to think that as photographers we tend to take a lot more photos than the average Joe and so we are more likely to run into such a problem.
     
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    I'm sure that the same people who reporting the picture in the bath have seen countless photos of kids with toy guns where they are pointing the guns at the camera or each other, none of which have been reported as this seems normal.

    While I am all for protecting the children, I think society has gone to the apes
     
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    does Sally Mann come to anyones mind? our teacher showed us pictures of her work in class and i felt really uncomfortable, i think that is totally illegal and pushing it for family portraits.

    this however doesnt seem as bizarre, but i cant really say since i didnt see the pictures.
     
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    Phew, well thankfully for Sally, the mob doesn't make law. Unless you're talking about marriage and live in California, but I digress...

    Yup, Mann pushed boundaries. But then again, her images aren't pornographic in nature.
     
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    I actually hadn't seen her work before this thread, and I have to say, it's absolutely fantastic. Sure subject matter like that will always be controversial, but there's absolutely nothing sexual about her images.
     
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    Yep. Things are different these days. But it is a tough call sometimes.

    It seems nowadays nakedness = sex. I don't know how we got here, but it happened. I think it's a bit sad... maybe even tragic.

    As a kid in 1960 Louisiana, it was common to see children playing nude in a water-filled ditch or creek. Since children are not sexual beings, it was a totally innocent scene.

    What HAS changed is those who find this to be sensual and act on it. We have to protect our children from those people. The best way to do this is to make sure they do not have access to children.

    Since children are defenseless against predators, this is a very passionate subject. It has absolute support in all walks of society. But some have become hyper-sensitive to any suggestion that a child may be in danger. I used to think this was fine... that it was a fair trade-off to keep kids safe. But if it means that some well-meaning but prudish department store worker can set into motion a process that allows kids to be taken from their parents over bath photos, then yes.... we've totally lost our minds.

    -Pete
     

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