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MENA L Week 5 highlights: priorty areas on legislation and personal pirating..anyone?

The MENA L group had some interesting thoughts for Week 5 on priority areas on legislation; and personal pirating. On priority areas, one participant simply wanted to add child abuse and pornography as a priority area, and with heavier penalties. At this point, I added a link on "Internet Crimes Against Children" from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,Office for Victims of Crime for further information. Interesting enough, or by mere coincidence, a participant requested to see the resource because the site was filtered. It so happen that we just discussed about filtered sites.

More on issues on child pornography was a question on child pornography if the US still considered child pornography as only harmful content and NOT illegal content. I explained that the US criminalized any inappropriate/indecent content online in 1996 but that failed since monitoring it would curb "freedom of speech.“ Recently, I added, that a Texas substitute teacher was charged for child pornography violation. He brought several boxes of teaching aides to his fellow teacher and who discovered discs containing child pornography with the teaching materials. I pointed out that it is illegal here in Texas but I am not sure if it is illegal in California or other states.

We also wondered on the issue of personal pirating as most of us admit to being guilty at some point. A participant said that in Egypt, there are no copyright consideration concerning songs, movies and photos and said there are legal websites for music and movie downloads. A participant said he is not aware of any illegal content hosting websites hosted inside of Jordan and also added in our class blog about the different scenarios in burning cd's/dvd's. Another participant even added the shops in Tunisia sell them and as the French would say "pignon sur rue" as in they are in very obvious locations selling at a fraction of the original price. Even in the Philippines, big malls whose tenants sell pirated cd's and dvd's will be prosecuted. Even in my travels to other countries, I have seen pirated cd's and dvd's being sold out in the open. What do you guys think of this?

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