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Two weeks ago, House Bill 2463 passed the Oregon House unanimously – 60 to zero to legally require computer workers to report any discovered child porn. Failure to do so can include a penalty of $6,250, up to a year in jail, or both.

Wow. Well it’s about time they all agreed on something – everybody claims to hate child porn, right? But wait – look at this closely – what does the law actually mean?

Much like many laws passed here in Oregon, I think this is a piece of poorly researched feel-good vote getting activity. It’s not that I’m a fan of child porn, but it should be MY right to make moral decisions about what I do, and the government has no business legislating this particular issue.

Back in 1999. I had a retail computer store and one of my computer techs found a cache of child porn, pretty sick stuff. I wrestled briefly with the morality of the issue but quickly realized it was none of my business.

To the best of my recollection, after (I think @jalbrecht2000 originally found it, and told @ckstanley) I got a quick legal consultation to make sure that some stupid law didn’t exist that could put me in jail for not turning him in, and we returned the computer unfixed, and I talked to him personally. In no uncertain terms I told him why we weren’t fixing it and that he was lucky I didn’t him in, and to never come back because he’ll always be “that kiddy porn guy” and he’ll be tormented.

That was how I chose to run my business, and other professionals should be free to run their business without this sort of government intrusion.

This short video is slightly technical at the beginning, but halfway through, I think its simplified enough that even a politician can understand why this bill needs MANY further revisions before it gets thrust upon the citizenship of Oregon.

Now what can you do about the issue? PLEASE SHARE this video with someone that you know, so maybe it will draw the attention of the Oregon Senate before it’s too late.

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