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No. Child pornography laws require intent. That is, that you went out looking for underage porn. Even if it was clearly underage, and you viewed it, that would not be enough. You would have needed to actually seek it out.
Notice that most of the people that are charged have thousands of pictures, etc... on their computers, which is what can be used to establish intent.
(also searches, etc... can be used for that purpose)
But a single instance of going to a website would almost certainly not be enough to even support an indictment, much less a conviction.
ok I came across a scenario on the internet though let me get the link for you
ok here it is: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/macie-melendez/child-porn-laws_b_3307322.html
in this case, the guy said it was an accident and he wasn't into child pornography at all
but he got 5 years!
Generally the proof still has to be that there was an intent to do this. I don't know the facts behind this case (considering it's a "friend" of the author, I would assume that some facts are being left out), but further torrent files are different than websites. Torrents come from other IP addresses, whereas websites come from one specific address. The FBI would almost certainly not have any way of finding your IP address from visiting that website.
If you downloaded something from a torrent site, then that would be different (as torrents can log your IP address, etc...)
But the site itself sure looked like it was legal and legitimate. I'm just worried about when they say they can't guarantee 100% compliance. But I suppose that would go to the issue of intent? If I only went to the site thinking it was legitimate and legal- which it appears to be- then they couldn't really fault me if one of, say, 1000 images was of a 17 year-old, could they? I never clicked on anything like that.
There's no indication that this was your intent at all.
And if that was an issue, you would see a lot more child porn prosecutions.
They really only go after the clearly bad actors...
And they probably couldn't track my IP address anyway, right? I know they're on the internet looking for pedophiles, but they're generally not on what for all intents appears to be a legitimate legal site tracking people's IP addresses, right? Wouldn't they need some kind of warrant to do that anyway?
It's easy to do that with torrents because someone's computer would be asking theirs for the file.
(and that's how they get the IP)
But that's not the case with websites.
ok, thanks for your help.
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