China was busy this year combating porn.
According to a CNN.com story, China closed 60,000 websites related to porn, opened up almost 2,200 criminal cases against almost 5,000 people for “who violated Chinese law by disseminating pornography via the internet or mobile phones.”
In 2010 1,332 people received criminal punishment with 58 jailed for five years or more.
The office in charge, “received more than 170,000 tip-offs this year, with 534 people getting rewards totaling $81,964 for providing information”.
The story goes on to say:
“Some 350 million pieces of pornographic and indecent internet content were eliminated. The government launched a special campaign a year ago to rid the internet of pornographic and vulgar content.”
Therefore It seems that not every site that was shut down or every criminal investigation involved running a porn site, but maybe included sending pics of themselves (Brett Favre style allegedly) or even for publish text that are considered Vulgar (I know some domain bloggers who might have wound up in jail).
Critics said the government’s campaign has targeted sites with politically sensitive or user-generated content.
Of course China is not the only place where porn could land you in jail for porn this year.
There is the story of the Canadian who was a “a freelance website developer and programmer, which designed a software program for uploading photos onto websites, which unbeknownst to him, for the creation of a porn” that went back to his native Iran to attend his father’s funeral and was arrested, tried and sentenced to death.
In the US there are plenty of groups that would like to see the US government put a lot more people in Jail for porn as well, so don’t be shocked to wake up one day and see some attorney general somewhere order the seizure of adult domains.
Speaking of domain seizures and the US, the Kentucky Domain seizure case involving “Gambling” domains is STILL in the courts 2 years after the seizure order was issues by the Governor and there are still motions being filed as recently as this month in the case.
As you know the Office of HomeLand Security was busy seizing domains as well on at least 2 separate occasions this year (here & here) and Congress considered a law allowing more domain seizures.