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Thursday, 05/10/2012, 02:29 pm

MMA Still Illegal in New York | Child Pornography is Legal

By Evan Stoumbelis:

Recently the bill to make MMA legal in New York failed, leaving the MMA community angry and confused. However, yesterday the New York Court of Appeals ruled that viewing child pornography is no longer a criminal offense. MMA fans are left to wonder why MMA is illegal, but the viewing of child pornography is legal. The law says that viewing child pornography doesn’t qualify as possesssion of it, as long as the content isn’t downloaded.

In 2009, college professor James Kent was sentenced to 1 year in prison on several counts of promoting and possessing child pornography. After an appeal the court ruled that due to the fact that he viewed the content, instead of downloading it, several of the counts were dismissed.’s Steph Daniels brought this story to light yesterday.

[box_light]The National Post reported on the ruling in question today. The ruling is directly linked to a 2009 case involving college professor James D. Kent, who was sentenced to prison for several counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child and promoting a sexual performance of a child. The appeals court dismissed one count of promoting and one count of possession due to the fact that the images were only viewed online, and not downloaded. Current law states that viewing the image on the internet does not constitute possession, and is therefore not illegal.[/box_light]


49 Responses to “MMA Still Illegal in New York | Child Pornography is Legal”

  1. Marc says:

    …what the fuck

  2. Xaninho says:

    That is disturbing, very disturbing. Seems like NY judges are jerking off to child pornography and at the same time NY MMA fans are told they’re savages for wanting to watch an MMA match in NY….


    Fucking disgusting!!!forget getting mma legal,the child porn rule takes the piss and that judge needs to get his head out of his ass and put that rule right!!!!

  4. TEMPHUiBIS says:

    -]. Dumbest logic in the history of mankind .[-

  5. Joseph PWNY says:

    fuckin disgusting

  6. The Diaz bros like it in the butt says:

    Sounds like typical ass backwards Liberal run New York justification!!

  7. Justin says:

    That’s just wrong on so many levels

  8. Kingsforge says:

    That’s some fucked up shit.

  9. Xaninho says:

    And what does that mean for viewing online UFC streams? If viewing a stream doesn’t mean you’re “owning” it? Then you’re not stealing it either..

  10. Brandon Wheaton says:

    The viewed pictures are cached & in your history. On your PC.

    • christine rulka says:


      • James says:

        I don’t think anyone said you did. Okay though, I guess I believe you…

      • Robert Jenkins says:

        SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP TYPING IN ALL CAPS YOU OVERLY EMOTIONAL IGNORANT FUCKING BITCH!!!!. You do realize that if you click on a webpage or ad by accident and it redirects you to a page full of porn which could be child porn on it that it is automatically saved to your fucking computer. You are so damn ignorant already in an uproar and you don’t even know how your computer works. I’ve seen this material on the internet before that does not mean i sat there and watched it or viewed it. I have been on a porn website where it has inappropriate material like that and then i leave the website however that is forever saved to my cache whether i wanted to view it or not. I don’t even have to scroll down the page to see it. the moment that page loads up it is there. BUT AN IGNORANT EMOTIONALLY CHARGED DUMB ASS CUNT SUCKING BITCH LIKE YOU WOULD NOT KNOW SHIT ABOUT TECHNOLOGY…WOULD YOU YOU IGNORANT FUCKER? NO YOU WOULDN’T!!! YA DUMB BITCH!!!

        • cntybollax says:


        • James says:

          If you surf enough net porn you can stumble on some pretty dark stuff sometimes. Doesn’t mean you should go to prison or be a sex offender for it.

        • Paul Jones says:

          To start off with, drop your language and your attitude.
          Secondly It isn’t cached forever. Clear your cache and it is gone.
          Thirdly this law is actually to protect in this instance, as you said if you go on a website it downloads thumbnails of the image, under the old law you would be done for possession of child pornography but now under the correction you won’t, still think it is such a bad idea?
          Fourthly, no porn site will be displaying child porn as porn websites like to make money, if you’ve been seeing it on them you need to start visiting normal porn sites and not the dodgy ones you must be going to.

        • michael cifelli says:

          Paul i agree with you. I’m not saying i am a porn expert but i would be a lier if i said i did not visit some sites at times. this being said, i don’t know why he got so mad or used that strong of language. i have never come across child porn in all my years of looking at sites, again in moderation, but never once did i ever see any. thank god. but i don’t think the girl meant it the way he took it. the way i read it was that she was just saying she didn’t agree with people seeking it out and wanting to look at it. she didn’t seem to be saying “if anyone who looked at it by mistake”. now, i don’t know anything about computers really, but i do know the porn sites do not show child porn. the ones i looked at anyway. she didn’t say anyone who looked at it including by mistake, just the people who want to look at it. and what sites could he have been on where that stuff would come up? anyway, i agree with you. that was harsh and it should not even been allowed to post in here. that girl may not come back due to that. and she was on the side of mma…..

        • Xaninho says:

          That’s what happens when you google underage porn…

  11. jrog says:

    hell with New York liberal run bs mma fans should do like everyone with money in NY is doing and move. As for the kiddie porn just remember people justice is not nessesarily leagal and the law is not nessesarily just. Still more proof that we have a leagal system in this country not a justice system.

  12. Sharmilla says:

    ??! You’ve gotta wonder what is going on in the world sometimes.. That is sickening and sad.

    • Robert Jenkins says:

      Understand the law befor eyou talk about it. Look up cache and jpeg images. Then maybe you will understand that you can’t control internet content and just because you got on the page it does not mean you wanted to see it. It is however saved to your computer forever. Don’t be mislead by a biased article.

  13. TheThrashKing says:

    That’s liberal policy for ya!

  14. Robert Jenkins says:

    idk why penn put up this biased article that did not inform anyone of the actual law. The law states the viewing is not illegal because anybody who is on a webpage that may have a picture of child pornography on it has that picture forever saved into their computers cache. That means even if you clicked on an ad that led to more ads and you didn’t even scroll down the page. its alreayd there. If you are on a porn site with user uploaded material and someone decides to upload child porn and you click on that persons uploads just to see whats there. every image of cihld porn on the page is now in your cache. As long as you don’t purposely download it its okay. Many Laws are designed to avoid arresting the innocent. Many of you are just to ignorant about how the internet and your computer works.

  15. Jim says:

    That any judge would blatantly ignore the obvious intention behind the legislation against Child Porn is frankly ridiculous.

    Besides, images are downloaded on to your PC. Just because you didn’t click ‘save’, doesn’t mean you didn’t download it.

  16. Tate says:

    Way to go New York! Everything about that shitty state sucks. AND no MMA. Gay as fuck.

  17. Jacob says:

    Explain this to me? How in the holy fuck does this make any fucking sense?

    A sport is illegal, but watching videos of children being raped is fine? HOW THE FUCK DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU!!!?? EXPLAIN THAT TO ME, FUCKTARDS!!!

  18. Brando says:

    What’s wrong with you people, it still isn’t legal to view child porn in NY, the guy is in jail. They just dropped the possession part because he didnt possess it, stop trying to put such a dramatic spin on shit. That kind of sensationalism only gives a bad name to intelligent fans of MMA and makes the group as a whole look like a bunch of neanderthals.

  19. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    We all just got LAWYERED! Watching kiddie porn REPEATEDLY is just as bad as owning kiddie porn. Clever wording from a law maker won’t change my mind on this issue.

    • michael cifelli says:

      agreed ninja….watching it is fucked up. i don’t care if you own it or not. who gives a shit. these people in here should be dropped off onto an island and left there. now, if someone does really by mistake stumble on it, i don’t think anyone should be punished if they did not mean to. but then again im 43 and i have never seen it or stumbled on it. but watching it is just as bad. i don’t care if you own it or not. but god forbid we have mma. i just lost all respect for NY. fuck them. they made me love NJ now…

  20. Shadow says:

    Gee thanks Special Victums Unit.

  21. bryanfury85 says:

    This isn’t liberal bullshit. I’m a liberal and i think this is disturbing and disgusting. Plus i’m a lover of mma. So fall back with that liberal policy bs. Hell i think most of the government is bullshit anyway.

  22. Mike Hunt says:

    I don’t understand why people are making an uproar about Liberal policy. I think anyone can agree that this whole situation is whack regardless of political alignment.

  23. Luke says:

    How the FUCK do these guys get into office?

  24. andrew says:

    thats the usa for ya gota love it :)

  25. That judge is a kiddie fiddler says:

    i think that judge should be forced to let a pedophile with a amera near his children. The law would then be put right pretty quickly.

    • michael cifelli says:

      i should not be laughing. this is serious. but when i read “that judge is a kiddie fiddler” i almost pissed myself…very funny shit….and i agree with your post…that was really funny…sometimes humor is needed even in the worst of situations or topics…good post.

  26. djcito says:

    Can’t watch MMA….Can’t download Child Porn….Cant download MMA……CAN WATCH CHILD PORN!!! Its a beautiful world……

  27. michael cifelli says:

    what the fuck is right? there is always something crooked going on…always. can we do anything without someone trying to line their fucking pockets or people in politics trying to get over on the public they are paid to serve. do they know what it means to serve. i think in order to go into politics you MUST serve in the armed forces of some kind. i’d like to know who the idiots are that are responsible for this so we know how to vote them out of office.

  28. Kaylie says:

    Dr David Kenneth Cochrane Registered Sex Offender Six Counts of rape including minors, three counts of indecent assault all involving patients dating back to the early millennium. Psychiatrist 6 months in Jail, 2 years probation, including 6 month license suspension. Canada North Bay Ontario and now re-employed for the regional health centre.

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