Reversal of Porn Conviction for German CompuServe Exec

Karee Swift (karee@tstonramp.com)
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 19:20:51 -0800


Any of you remember when this hit the news a while back? Its another one of
those interesting facts when courts look back on their decisions and find
out which argument really made sense. (As opposed to which argument was the
best political bet)

http://www.wjin.net/html/news/3085.htm

Reversal of Porn Conviction for German CompuServe Exec

MUNICH, Nov 18, (NewsScan) -- A state court in Munich has reversed the 1998
conviction of Felix Somm (head of CompuServe Germany at that time) for
"complicity" in allowing the distribution of illegal child pornography
through CompuServe online services. Defense attorneys argued that to hold
Somm responsible for Internet content was as ridiculous an idea as holding
the chairman of the telephone company responsible for what private
individuals say to each other over the phone.
Source: AP/USA Today

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