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Jury Decides Artist's Gory Images On Website Are Art 289

New submitter wilbrod writes "A Quebec special effects artist charged with corrupting morals has been found not guilty in a case that tested the boundaries of creative expression and Canadian obscenity laws. He was charged with three counts of corrupting morals by distributing, possessing and producing obscene material. During the trial, Couture argued his gory works, roughly a thousand images and two short videos that appeared on Couture's website, Inner Depravity, should be considered art. The material in question depicts gruesome murders, torture, sexual abuse, assaults and necrophilia — all with young female victims."
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Jury Decides Artist's Gory Images On Website Are Art

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  • by Hentes ( 2461350 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @01:37PM (#42382393)

    is not to give publicity to these attention whores.

  • by Maow ( 620678 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @01:39PM (#42382411) Journal

    I submitted this story [] yesterday.

    It's really frustrating that it's still on roughly the first page of the "submissions" page, but a "dupe" was accepted.

    Note, I don't bear any ill feelings towards user "wilbrod" for also submitting it, it's just that I feel I wasted my time bothering to. And it isn't the first time this has happened. And, IMHO, my submission was a bit lengthier and contained a bit more relevant info for the Slashdot crowd.

    And, since I'm on a caffeine deficient rant-binge, where the hell are my mod points? I comment, submit stories, rate the submissions of others (to help relieve the deluge of spam, etc.), and not a single mod point in months and months, whereas before that I was getting 15 at a time(!) and they reappeared almost as soon as I used them up (sometimes even before).

    *off to get some coffee and food into me*

  • Inner Depravity (Score:5, Interesting)

    by booch ( 4157 ) <slashdot2010&craigbuchek,com> on Monday December 24, 2012 @01:56PM (#42382539) Homepage

    Isn't the fact that his site is called "Inner Depravity" enough of a warning? I think you could make a pretty good argument that the "norms" that should be used to judge such a site should include only those people who would go to a site after seeing that name.

  • by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @02:45PM (#42382879)

    Some of it even suggests that over time there is a need for kinkier pornography because the normal stuff no longer has as much of a dopamine release as it once did.

    No, it doesn't. What is known is that the same sex act releases decreasing levels. The seven year itch and other phenomina like that are due to that effect. And no, a schedule of increasingly kinkier sex acts will not fix that. The variety changing is what causes the dopamine levels to get back to normal. But, rather than researching how to keep high dompamine levels with "mainstream" porn, the researchers are paid to demonstrate that porn is bad and leads to bad things. It's the purityranical core of the US creeping out again. First, prove it's bad, second ban it. It doesn't matter if the initial proof is wrong or all lies. Once it's banned, it stays banned. Marijuana is still illegal, being banned for racist reasons by money from the textile industry and big pharma.

    Porn harms no one. If people stopped trying to prove how bad it is, and instead focused on making it as "safe" as possible, we'd have no problems. But instead, people try to make it as bad as possible, in practice as well as theory.

  • by Twinbee ( 767046 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @03:17PM (#42383111) Homepage
    You're the only other person apart from myself I've known to state that it wasn't such a big sacrifice after all. Congrats and thankyou.

    It'd be a far bigger sacrifice to give up for one's place in heaven to go to hell eternally. And that's something even I'd consider if I could save say 5 people, and consign myself for torture forever.

    And that, if nothing else, is why I consider Christianity as pure garbage unfortunately.
  • Re:Inner Depravity (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Johann Lau ( 1040920 ) on Monday December 24, 2012 @03:34PM (#42383225) Homepage Journal

    When I see a site called "bigbrother.[whatevs]" I don't expect that to be the homepage of IngSoc, but rather a critical website. Likewise with "Inner Depravity" -- why would anyone glorify it? Only I know we are knee-deep in that sickness and "art", which is basically just a combination of issues and obsession, see H. R. Giger for example. But still, there are more naive, better people than me, and they wouldn't automatically assume this is actually FOR inner depravity. So fuck the average, fuck the low end; use those angels as "norm".

    I think you could make a pretty good argument that the "norms" that should be used to judge such a site should include only those people who would go to a site after seeing that name.

    I am cool with that, see above. I am against censoring it, but I am also against respecting people who make it, and those who would put up with such shit or not give a second thought to it. If I even consider most pop music evil, then how much more so what can be found in the darker recesses.

    Actually, kill yourselves (here's where me not being an angel comes into play). I know you're on thin ice so maybe a little prod will help? Do it. Don't dream about darkness, be it. I'm tired of all this cowardly pseudo-darkness by weak ass middle class farts that doesn't go anywhere. I'm tired of games with demons and soldiers, I'm tired of the movies, I'm tired of this dumb fucking elephant on that dumb fucking couch. Either renounce it, or jump into it, but don't think dithering around the bush is art. I have ZERO idea of any of this applies to the website in question, I know it applies to millions of people and the mediocre unreflected bullshit they create and consume. You fucking suck. Merry Christmas.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2012 @04:29PM (#42383517)

    Funny we don't care about that when we're talking about guys. After I found out I was mutilated and the pain I experienced was not a normal part of being a man, I stopped giving a shit about FGM, because I realized everything that horrified me about the idea was something I was already living with no way to reverse it, ever.

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351