Well, it looks like this is going to be a trend across the country. Not sure what the trend is; prosecuting kids for expressing themselves, or just kids expressing themselves. In any event, the debate will be good and many of the laws will be challenged.
The most recent case stems from a 14-year-old New Jersey girl who has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com. (Source)
Just look at my other recent posts below…
Ok, this will be tought provoking.
Is it art or is it offensive?
If it’s art, and offensive, should it be censored?
The piece by artist James Parlin, called “The Middle School Science Teacher Makes a Decision He’ll Live to Regret,” had been part of an exhibit at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands campus. The campus’ interim dean removed the sculpture last week. The sculpture depicts a girl and a teacher engaging in a sex act.
The National Coalition Against Censorship, based in New York City, condemned the university’s actions, saying it raised serious free-speech concerns. On its blog, the coalition said removing the sculpture was “an unacceptable violation of the academic freedom to openly discuss ideas and social problems in a public university.”
According to the AP story,
The university issued a statement saying it “strongly supports the right of free speech and artistic expression. However, we also have a responsibility to not expose the children and families we invite to our campus to inappropriate material.”
The coalition said the university could have taken steps short of removing the sculpture, such as posting signs for parents or closing the gallery during children’s productions at the theater next door.
The Associated Press is reporting that three Pennsylvania teenagers are suing a prosecutor who wants to charge them with child pornography over racy cell-phone pictures of themselves.
The ACLU joined in the fight for the three girls suing Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr. from filing charges. Two of the girls are 13-year-olds who were shown in their bras and say they were having innocent fun when a friend took their photo. Another picture shows a 16-year-old girl with a towel around her waist. The teens say the photos are protected speech, not pornography. (Source)
Is it true that teens finding more ways to express themselves? Expression? Isn’t that what we adults call constitutionally protected speech? Are we saying that teens don’t have the same constitutional rights as adults do to express themselves? Shouldn’t a teenager have the same right to expression? Or, do we follow the thoughts of Candice Kelsey, a teacher from California and author of Generation MySpace: Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence, that “Adolescents are not known for thinking things through – that’s a generational constant.” (Source).
This is certainly bound to create debate. I’ve also written on this subject on more than one occasion, and actually been written about on the subject. See: The Hypocracy of Law, A Model Prisoner, and Kids for Sale.
Imagine that…. a lawsuit in Hollywood! According to Variety:
“Terminator: Salvation” producer Moritz Borman has sued fellow producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek and their Halcyon Co. banner, alleging fraud and breach for not paying him producing fees.
Borman claims he help arrange for Anderson and Kubicek to acquire the rights to the Terminator franchise for their company Halcyon Co. in 2007. It gave the pair full rights over the production of Terminator Salvation and any future sequels, plus merchandise and licensing. Borman alleges financial backing for the movie was secured through investment fund Pacificor LLC in exchange for approval rights over the movie, involvement in all creative decisions, and a $5 million producing fee.
“Notwithstanding the fact that defendants obtained the substantial franchise rights and assets through Borman, Anderson and Kubicek failed to honor their assurances, representations and contractual obligations to Borman,” the suit said. “Defendants’ egregious fraud, bad faith conduct and refusal to abide by their contracts has led to the filing of this lawsuit.”
Borman alleges that Anderson and Kubicek “hijacked” the production last July as principal photography was being completed and refused to pay him the $2.5 million balance of his producing fee. “Soon after, it also came to light that Anderson and Kubicek did not have the means to finance the picture, had defaulted on numerous loans and owed over $1 million to creditors on the picture,” the suit added.
If I get a copy of the Complaint, I will post it here.
Read the Variety story here.