H.R. 1981, The Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (37 comments ↓ | 9 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 1981 would amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses.

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July 7, 2011, 4:08pm (report abuse)

wow this is offensive. a bill that has nothing to do with "child protection" is worded as "protecting people from child pornography"? What kind of a sick joke is that?

a different don

July 7, 2011, 5:52pm (report abuse)

Nice way to put small ISPs, the few that are left, out of business. As a matter of fact, nice way to circumvent the 4th amendment. What is it with lawmakers these days? Sworn to uphold the constitution but always trying to tear it apart.


July 7, 2011, 6:16pm (report abuse)

Another bill for more control, control, control. I'd probably get arrested for my comment if this was in effect. We ALL know that it's use will be limited to only child porn... lol

Other Ben

July 7, 2011, 6:20pm (report abuse)

In addition to the evils already mentioned, Section 2 could be read to make any interstate transaction that improves telecommunication a crime. What idiot wrote this bill?


July 7, 2011, 7:14pm (report abuse)

This seems like a data retention law. Designed to protect ISP's from lawsuits. Its funny every time I hear the words "save the children" from a politician. I think which amendment of the constitution are they raping today.

David from Chicago

July 7, 2011, 7:34pm (report abuse)

Elected representatives who misconstrue a bill in order to hide its real purpose behind emotional language are seeking to hamper and destroy the open political process. Those people are in my opinion traitors to this country and should be treated as such. This bill has nothing to do with protecting children since it does little to do that but is a disguised data retention bill designed to further erode 4th amendment protections.

Concerned Voter from Ohio

July 8, 2011, 5:35pm (report abuse)

Wow, I'm impressed - the records retention requirement is pointless and is an obvious stab at our already threatened 4th amendment rights. Only stupid criminals would utilize their home Internet connections to commit crimes like downloading child porn. There are far to many options available to ensure anonymity by using open WiFi and commercial hotspots - the criminals know this, computer forensics people know this.

This data would obviously be used for other purposes - 'copyright infringement' cases come to mind. I wish that these people would realize that IP addresses are NOT an effective means to track down criminals over the internet - you're only going to get the low-hanging fruits.


(logged-in user) July 9, 2011, 11:35am (report abuse)

I don't see it why people are against this bill. This bill will just only puts child pornographers and pedophiles in jail for 20 years, not everyone.

Please read the entire bill before you jump to conclusions unless you are a pedophile and have pics of naked children, lolicon and shotacon on your computer and in your dresser.

This bill, although, may hurt anime companies like Funimation since they distribute Shin-chan and Shin-chan is a shotacon since he shows off his dingy and bottom in every episode.

R-15 will have to be taken down since it's a loli/shota.

But we need to protect our children from pedophiles and we need this bill. We need to set moral values and we need revival.

Please think of the children.

Mrs. Lovejoy: Will somebody please think of the children?


J. T.

July 12, 2011, 11:12am (report abuse)

That clown claiming to be Josh Taylor is actually a 12 year old boy living in his mother's basement. His last and only friend is a vinyl blow-up doll and his mommy caught him doing bad things with it and took it away from him.

She also told him to stay away from her computer but he keeps sneaking upstairs when she isn't watching and posting trash.


(logged-in user) July 14, 2011, 12:48am (report abuse)

@J.T. I had enough of your half-truths. I am 28, have no basement, inflatable vinyl adult toys, or post trash on the internet.

So you're really against this bill, aren't ya? Then that make you a sex offender. Andy Johnson must really have downloaded photos of naked children. The cops will find those photos on his computer and in his dresser he won't be able to get a job. No sir.


July 29, 2011, 2:55pm (report abuse)

"So you're really against this bill, aren't ya? Then that make you a sex offender."

This is perfect logic.

Whats next

July 31, 2011, 6:34am (report abuse)

All they need now is to take our username and passwords.

For the sake of getting out the truth. Let's not argue over it, present you case and people will see the truth behind this bill.

I feel they are hiding there true motives. There is enough technology out there to block/report sites and search engines can surely spend there billions on fixing some of these issues. If not they might as well be hosting the images and promoting the use of such services.

uncle blue

August 1, 2011, 12:23am (report abuse)

We should consider a Protecting Children from Politicians Screwing with the Internet law.


August 1, 2011, 2:33am (report abuse)

Hey everyone, if you're concerned about your privacy, please look into a "VPN". Just search for them and you'll find lists of free and subscription-based ones. They are networks that encrypt your internet activity, hiding it from your ISP. Spread the word.

Demand Progress

August 1, 2011, 11:19am (report abuse)

This Bill would compromise all of our first amendment rights. Send a letter to Congress today to protest this atrocity! http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/snooping_bill/

Guy Fawkes

August 1, 2011, 1:47pm (report abuse)

I guarantee every congress member that voted yes for this bill, also voted yes to the patriot act extensions. People need to use these representatives' votes on these bills as a litmus test when they pander for re-election. Never mind how this bill will drive up internet costs, so companies can re-coup the costs for complying with this, but it destroys the 4th amendment. If you want to stop Child porn, then do some real police work and get the people making it. This whole "Take away the market by going after people dling it" is such a backwards approach. We tried that with the war on drugs, how's that working out? I'm all for locking up the sicko's that are into this stuff, but not at the expense of my own freedom. If parents are so short sighted in that they don't know their kids will be adults one day, and will also be affected by this Orwellian legislation... then they have no business being parents.

Karen C

August 2, 2011, 1:43pm (report abuse)

Who will protect us when we accidentally run across or get sent something. This happens all the time and then you will do the time.

Andy Johnson

August 2, 2011, 4:11pm (report abuse)

That clown claiming to be Karen C is actually a 12 year old girl living in her daddy's basement. Her last and only friend is a vinyl blow-up doll and her daddy caught her doing naughty things with it and took it away from him.

He also told her to stay away from his computer but she keeps sneaking into his den when he isn't watching and posting trash.

Forget about Privacy, Children comes first.


Poor Karen C

August 2, 2011, 4:18pm (report abuse)

Didn't your daddy told you to stay away from his computer?

Hey Andy, Try this on others like you did to me.

Wow Really

August 9, 2011, 8:32pm (report abuse)

I just about guarantee this bill was written by the RIAA and the MPAA (probably with a good bit of backing from the porn industry). If this passes it will mainly be used to hunt down and blackmail file sharers.

Tim W.

October 17, 2011, 11:19am (report abuse)

It is painfully obvious that there are criminals out there who are exploiting the children of the world to an ever increasing extent. If we have to forfeit some of our "rights" in the process then that is what must be done to protect the innocents...the real innocents. We have more privacy rights thanks to the internet than we ever thought possible. We have created a virtual world where even the Constitution is mere fantasy. The rights of individuals in cyberspace were never conceived of when the Constitution was written so get off of that tack, it's just plain stupidity. If you're neighbors are breaking the law, why hamstring the police? If you are really willing to talk the talk, then you can stand as a witness for your neighbor in their child-pornography trial as their personal character witness. Make sure you get your good side in the pictures so that when all of your kids' parents and the other neighbors see you in the paper you make a good impression.

Michael Smith

November 14, 2011, 1:32pm (report abuse)

We must allow the government to regulate the internet. As much as I dislike government involvement, child protection is an area where somebody has to do something. I ran across a so called child modeling site, which was no way a modeling site, more like soft porn! I've reported this to every agency I could think of, but nothing gets done. I've been told they are not illegal! Since then, I've made it a goal to support all agencies who can help clean up the internet

Freedom Lost

December 16, 2011, 3:35am (report abuse)

The 'Law of Utility'...anything that can be used properly will also be used improperly...guaranteed. Folks who propose and support this kind of legislation are doing nothing less than giving the government an ever-bigger hammer.

Freedom Lost

December 16, 2011, 3:35am (report abuse)

You have to be a fool to think that the only thing that the data will be used for is to nab child pornographers. Any resource that law enforcement/government can legally (or illegally) access and use for *any* purpose *will* be accessed and (mis)used for that purpose.

Freedom Lost

December 16, 2011, 3:36am (report abuse)

Folks who delude themselves into thinking that only folks who have something to hide need fear this kind of legislation have not studied history. The War on Drugs and the criminal element it created gave the gov an excuse to expand and militarize police forces and their authority.

Freedom Lost

December 16, 2011, 3:37am (report abuse)

The War on Drugs created the Prison Industrial Complex..prison for profit...the largest prison population in the free world..and growing. This bill ensures that every step you take on the Internet will be documented...can you say stalking??? Your freedom and privacy are being slowly but surely...deliberately being taken from you.. and those who support this kind of legislation are willfully letting the fox into the hen house.


January 10, 2012, 9:57pm (report abuse)

@ TheRealJoshTaylor

You are a boob! The Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act will not protect anyone or anything, least of all your bank and credit card numbers.


January 20, 2012, 11:06pm (report abuse)

Another piece of shit coming out of the dildo factory.


January 21, 2012, 4:42am (report abuse)


republicans are scumbags

January 21, 2012, 1:34pm (report abuse)

this was obviously written by a Republican fu c k ing a$$hole.

republicans are doing everything they can to enslave the public.


(logged-in user) January 25, 2012, 7:41am (report abuse)

The United States government should NOT force citizens of other countries to not buy child pornography.Child pornography should not be denied to the rightful owner, meaning, a government should not remove or interfere with property acquired by a person or institution.

I love

January 25, 2012, 7:54am (report abuse)

Why the hell shouldnt i be able to by child pornography?

If i paid for it, no one should came here annoying me.


January 25, 2012, 7:30pm (report abuse)

Everyone is and should be concerned by this news. Most think that only the riots and the work of the newly accredited group "anonymous" can undertake the task of stopping it. But, the people sitting at home right now, you have the power as well. Signing the linked petition is a way for each person to make a difference and help stop the atrocity that is H.R. 1981 from taking over our internet and allowing future generations the freedom they deserve. To sign, please follow the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-dont-allow-247-internet-recordings


February 2, 2012, 3:22am (report abuse)

THe President who negotiated a secret copyright treaty?

Veto Lamar Smith

February 7, 2012, 9:50pm (report abuse)

We defeated SOPA/PIPA. We will defeat HR 1981. We will prevail against internet censorship and Hollywood's government stooges.

mike s

June 10, 2012, 4:05pm (report abuse)

There is a problem with our system. YouTube allows young girls to dance around provacatively, and nothing is done if you flag the video. Worse, while such video is being shown, advertising is bannered on top of the video from large corporations. It's all about money. It would be simple to rid the internet of perverted problems like these, but nothing is done. Worse even more, is childmodeling sites. I am appalled what Google allows... its unbelieving. I've wrote letters to representatives, I've turned this to goggles attention. I don't know what else to do. But I wish we could rid the internet of these things.


September 11, 2012, 9:56am (report abuse)

Another law to "Protect the Children". When will you people wake up to the fact that the people promoting this type of law don't give a damn about the children. All they want to do is spy on everyone. You don't have to break a law that is on the books now. You can break one they pass next year.

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