RP CYBERCRIME PROPOSAL PENALIZES CHILD PORN

Manila, May 1, 2003 -- A proposed cybercrime law dubbed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2003seeks to penalize any person engaged in the online distribution and publication of child pornography, a draft copy of the measure showed.

A provision in the bill cited child pornography as a cybercrime offense. Specifically, the bill states that "producing child pornography for the purpose of distribution through a computer system or network; offering or making available child pornography through a computer system or network; or distributing or transmitting child pornography through a computer system or network" are classified as a criminal offense. "Child pornography" is any material that visually depicts a minor, or an individual appearing to be a minor, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A minor individual is defined by the bill as a person below 18 years old or those beyond 18 years of age but has a mental capacity of a person below that age.

The Information Technology and E-commerce Council (ITECC), the highest policymaking body on ICT, drafted the measure, based on a similar law presented by member states of the Council of Europe at the recent Cybercrime Convention in Budapest. (By Erwin Lemuel G. Oliva, Inquirer)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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