Friday, October 04, 2013
C.P. concerns can lead to cases where hyperlinks are illegal even without content display
Could linking to a website known to be likely to host child pornography, or particularly linking to a url known to load an illegal image, itself be a crime?
Of course, if one has viewed the image, then one has “possessed” the illegal content and already broken the law. But what if someone linked to such a url on advice of someone else without ever viewing or loading it? It sounds like a legally perplexing question, although maybe morally abhorrent behavior. But many states would probably interpret this as "knowingly" distributing illegal content/