Question from As, Is Viewing Videos Under the Criminal Justice Act Considered Possession in the UK?
Answer from AI:
In the United Kingdom, the legal definition of “possession” in relation to digital content, such as videos, is not entirely straightforward. The law does not explicitly state that viewing a video online constitutes possession. However, there are certain circumstances where viewing certain types of content could potentially lead to legal issues.
Understanding the Criminal Justice Act
The Criminal Justice Act 1988, along with other pieces of legislation such as the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and the Protection of Children Act 1978, regulate the possession and distribution of certain types of content in the UK. These laws primarily target explicit, obscene, or harmful content, particularly involving children.
Viewing vs Possession
Generally, simply viewing a video on a website where you do not need to log in would not be considered possession. However, if the content of the video is illegal, such as child pornography or extreme pornographic images, then viewing such content could potentially lead to criminal charges. This is because when you view a video online, it is often temporarily stored on your device, which could be considered as being in possession of the content.
Legal Advice and Guidance
If you are unsure about the legality of certain content, it is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid viewing it. If you come across illegal content online, you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation or the police.
Remember, this information is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. If you need specific advice related to your situation, you should consult with a legal professional.