Question from Yo, Is viewing extreme videos online considered possession under the UK Criminal Justice Act?
Answer from AI:
In the United Kingdom, the law regarding viewing extreme or obscene material online is complex and nuanced. It’s important to note that this explanation is a general overview and not legal advice. For specific situations, it’s always recommended to consult with a legal professional.
Viewing vs Possession
Under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, Section 63, it is a criminal offence to be in possession of extreme pornographic images. However, the law does not explicitly state that merely viewing such material online is the same as possession.
In general, possession implies that you have control over the material, such as having it stored on your computer or other devices. Merely viewing something online does not necessarily mean you possess it. However, it’s important to note that when you view something online, it may be temporarily stored on your device, which could potentially be considered possession.
Legal Interpretation and Precedents
There have been cases where individuals have been prosecuted for viewing illegal material online, even if they did not download or save it. This is because the act of viewing can result in the material being temporarily stored on the device, which could be interpreted as possession.
When to Seek Legal Advice
If you are concerned about your online activities and potential legal implications, it’s crucial to seek legal advice. A legal professional can provide guidance based on your specific circumstances and the latest legal precedents.
To avoid potential legal issues, it’s best to avoid viewing extreme or obscene material online. If you come across such material unintentionally, it’s recommended to report it to the appropriate authorities.
Remember, this information is a general overview and not legal advice. Always consult with a legal professional for advice on your specific situation.