Japanese police have reported the nation’s first child pornography arrest involving “computer generated” artwork.
According to reports, the 52-year-old Gifu city man was arrested for child pornography offences after allegedly selling computer generated images based on photographs of an actual minor.
The “CG” phrasing used in reports of the arrest is ambiguous as to whether 3D computer generated imagery was involved, or whether it was instead 2D imagery created using a computer art package.
Police say the arrest is the first in Japan of its type, although as usual they do not provide much in the way of details or any explanation as to why it was suddenly possible to make such an arrest when there has been no change in the law.
Not surprisingly considering the typical conduct of Japan’s police in these matters, the bust has aroused some suspicion:
“Since when was 2D subject to these laws?”
“They are testing the waters with this arrest. If they aren’t opposed they’ll ramp up these arrests.”
“And people were saying they wouldn’t touch 2D with the new laws… now they are doing it with the existing one!”
“They don’t say whether this was a realistic CG illustration or 3D CG… I suppose if it was anime type CG they would have ignored it.”
“The issue seems to be whether there was a real model. For it to get to an arrest I would think they clearly identified a model.”
“Did he even base this on actual pornography, or was it a junior idol?”
“Like a CG image has any victim. They are warping even the existing laws well outside their intended scope.”
“There was a clear victim here so naturally they were right to make an arrest!”
“Honestly I doubt this was actual CG art. Probably some reworked photograph.”
“Sure, if it was just retouched. But how the cops determine what is applicable is the issue here.”
“I think they picked him up on other charges and added this on. Would be interested to hear just what the circumstances of his arrest were.”
“Without having any idea as to what sort of image was involved it is basically impossible to know what was going on.”
“As ever the cops release no useful details at all. Because they just want to maximise the intimidation factor so artists censor themselves out of fear…”