Yeah, good luck with that

A legislator in the Palmetto State doesn’t want you looking at those feelthy pictures on the Intarwebs:

People buying computers in South Carolina would be limited in their access to porn online under newly proposed legislation.

A bill pre-filed this month by state Rep. Bill Chumley would require sellers to install digital blocking capabilities on computers and other devices that access the internet to prevent the viewing of obscene content.

The proposal also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities prostitution and would require manufacturers or sellers to block any websites that facilitate trafficking.

Chumley, a Spartanburg Republican, presumably did not offer a definition of “obscene.”

Both sellers and buyers could get around the limitation, for a fee. The bill would fine manufacturers that sell a device without the blocking system, but they could opt out by paying $20 per device sold. Buyers could also verify their age and pay $20 to remove the filter.

Money collected would go toward the Attorney General Office’s human trafficking task force.

“Step right up and get yer PORN LICENSE! Only twenty bucks!”

I have no idea how the South Carolina General Assembly, which is largely Republican, will vote on this thing, though undoubtedly there will be Republicans playing the Jesus card, and I can see several Democrats homing in on that twenty-dollar tax fee.

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5 comments »

  1. McG »

    20 December 2016 · 5:39 pm

    Lacking an enforceable definition of “obscene” and an identifiable technology to achieve the desired result, the legislature might as well enact a law prohibiting the buying and selling of live Ewoks.

  2. CGHill »

    20 December 2016 · 5:53 pm

    Don’t give them any ideas.

  3. Jay »

    20 December 2016 · 8:31 pm

    McG: Did you miss the actual desired result? $20 to the state for any device which can ‘access the internet’. $20 for every computer, smart phone, tablet, game system, etc. $20 extra on a new PC/phone/tablet/etc. is just low enough to keep it just below the grumble level, and merchants can easily bury it near the tax line, with a cryptic abbreviation (SC Watch & Ward or SCWW) few will question.

  4. CGHill »

    20 December 2016 · 8:58 pm

    My last tablet cost all of $50; a $20 bump would have been easily noticeable. This might well drive business away from S.C. retailers to online merchants who don’t bow to Columbia.

  5. Roy »

    21 December 2016 · 10:18 am

    Are these people really that stupid?

    Don’t answer. It was a rhetorical question.

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