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I've heard a couple of people already brag about watching people getting shot online, or people being physically tortured before being killed, this is worse than child pornography, 10 times worse, why don't we ever hear these people get arrested? And why would anyone want to watch someone get killed? That's disgusting. I forgot to mention that someone from this site was trying to get me to watch that stuff, killing videos, this was 2 years ago on yahoo messenger. Some sick people in the head on this site. I can say that. I've talked to a couple.
 

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Morbid curiosity. I guess it's a symptom of living in such a blindly sterile society where death is hidden and rarely spoken about. I just find it fascinating to see both the motives that bring someone to commit such a heinous crime, and also to witness the stages that precede death.

And out of interest, what crime has been committed in watching a video of someone dying? How do you differentiate between witnessing someone being killed in reality, or watching it happen on a glowing screen?

Ah, I suppose in the same way that raping a child is equally as repugnant as watching a video of someone raping a child. Common sense prevails, once again.
 

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um, i think if the crime has already been committed, and isn't "in progress" while you watch it then i think it's legal. otherwise, watching "COPS" would get you arrested. also, i'm curious as to why is it you feel that someone watching footage of, for example, an al qaeda beheading is morally more repugnant than child pornography and what metric you are using when you say "10 times worse"
 

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um, i think if the crime has already been committed, and isn't "in progress" while you watch it then i think it's legal. otherwise, watching "COPS" would get you arrested. also, i'm curious as to why is it you feel that someone watching footage of, for example, an al qaeda beheading is morally more repugnant than child pornography and what metric you are using when you say "10 times worse"
it's murder, taking another person's life, no way coming back from that
 

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it's murder, taking another person's life, no way coming back from that
oh? well, i would agree with that (it is difficult to recover from getting murdered) but i think what is in question here is the act of witness/voyeur. if someone clicks on a link and "disinterestedly" watches a person get their head chopped off, are they hurting anyone besides maybe themselves? or even if they're getting pleasure from watching; should they be put in jail? this logic can even be extended to child pornography. yes it is abhorrent, exploitative, and also gross; but are the people who watch it criminals (in a legal sense, who is the damaged party [the state?]) or are they mentally ill? i'm not sure... seems weird! lets never talk about this again.
 

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Yes, it would be illegal.
 

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If they watch it while in progress, yes they can be arrested. If it's old footage that's already been displayed in the court room, then released to the public domain, then you can still watch it, get your kicks out of it, and realize that you're a sick mofo.
 

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The problem is that unlike child pornography murder isn't completely banned in all forms. Exactly how realistic could you make a movie before it would be illegal? How would you tell if it was just a movie? On the news they show footage of shootings and so forth if they have it so does that become illegal? What if we are having a moral discussion about something happening in another country and end up exchanging some videos to show our point, now are we doing something illegal? Child pornography is only ever played to convict someone and even if the video exists is not shown on news stations or used in perfectly acceptable discussions. Murder is all over the place both fake and real and both for entertainment and for serious discussion. You really can't apply the same rules to both or use them as examples of what laws should exist for the other.
 

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I don't think watching recordings of it is illegal. Watching it in progress is a different story though.

But no, I don't think its an arrestable offense.
 

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They are shock videos, people are either tricked or go on from curiosity, not everyone who watches one is a murderer. Child pornography is alot different, it disgusts me just typing it the people who watch it are almost always paedofiles, no one ever mentions child pornography as a shock site I don't understand how websites like that aren't blocked from the internet, same with snuff videos really.
 
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