Controlling fantasy in cyberspace: cartoons, imagination and child pornography

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Abstract:

This article explores the extent to which cyberspace has made possible the control and regulation of fantasy. In particular it takes the example of two recent cases that considered the applicability of child pornography laws to cartoons circulated over the Internet. While such laws often seek their justification in the need to protect children, it is argued that they can also lead to outcomes which in effect place our fantasies and thoughts under state surveillance.

Keywords: cyberspace; fantasy; freedom of thought; surveillance

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13600830903424692

Affiliations: School of Law, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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