Another item spotted by eagle-eyed Simon at Icarus Publishing
: apparently Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger, creator of the Wikipedia competitor Citizendium (which I had never even heard of until today), has disclosed that he believes that Wikimedia Commons, the file repository for the public domain and/or freely licensed media (e.g. images, sounds) on Wikipedia, "may be knowingly distributing child pornography," and has reported such to the FBI
CUTE NOT PEDO! CUTE NOT PEDO! AAAAUGH!
The pieces that Sanger specifically pointed to? "A category about pedophilia" and "a category about something called lolicon
." (The links were redacted in the letter, which is available online
.) And Sanger specifically points to 18 USC 1466, the same law that Christopher Handley was charged with obscenity under, leading to his pleading guilty and being charged with six months in prison and 3-5 years of probation. You really should check out the letter if you can; Sanger argues further on the page with Wikimedia general counsel Mike Godwin, and the latter's thoughts are quite interesting.
I went to Wikimedia Commons and at least at this time, the worst you see in the "lolicon" category is panties. The "pedophilia" category has more detailed drawings that depict children in sexual acts; however, they were drawn in 1905 and are used only in two user galleries on Wikipedia, both of which are for "Historical Erotica."
Granted, it's entirely possible that more troublesome images have been deleted since this letter was sent out. And of course, we don't know what the FBI will or won't do in response. But if Wikimedia was charged, it seems clear that Godwin thinks that the Supreme Court would likely throw out the statute under which Handley was convicted-- so I wonder if they'd fight all the way up?