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CARTOON characters are people too, a judge has ruled in the case of a man convicted over cartoons based on The Simpsons, in which children are shown having sex.cartoon simpsons

In the New South Wales Supreme Court today, Justice Michael Adams ruled that a fictional cartoon character was a “person” within the meaning of the relevant state and commonwealth laws.

Alan John McEwan was appealing his February conviction for possessing child pornography and using his computer to access child pornography.

The alleged pornography comprised a series of cartoons depicting figures modelled on members of the television animated series The Simpsons,” the judge said.

The cartoons showed characters such as Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson having sex.

McEwan was convicted and fined $3000 and placed on a good behaviour bond.

 

In my view, the magistrate was correct in determining that, in respect of both the commonwealth and the NSW offences, the word ‘person’ included fictional or imaginary characters …,” the judge said.

 

… The mere fact that the figure depicted departed from a realistic representation in some respects of a human being did not mean that such a figure was not a ‘person’.

In dismissing the appeal, the judge ordered each party to pay its own legal costs in the first case dealing with the “difficult” issue.



An uncertain future of the economy did not stop U.S. consumers to open their wallets (or at least tapping into their credit card accounts), and go on a shopping spree on Cyber Monday. Comscore believes that the sales volume was 15% higher than in 2007. 

The market research firm estimates that consumers spent about $846 million online this Monday, up from $733 million one year earlier. The four-day period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday saw a sales increase of 13%, from $1.9 billion to $2.2 billion. In absolute numbers, the gain was about $240 million in this period and grows to $256 million, if Thanksgiving Day is included.

 

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Cyber Monday 2008 was the second heaviest online spending day on record, surpassed only by Green Monday 2007, which saw spending of $881 million, ComScore said. However, it seems that consumers used the four- or five-day period to catch up on what they had missed in previous weeks: The shopping volume between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 is down by 2%, from $12.2 billion to $12.0 billion, Comscore said.

Consumers are clearly responding positively to retailers’ aggressive online discounts. With Cyber Monday promotions beginning in earnest over the Thanksgiving weekend, consumers have finally begun to open their wallets, setting off a streak of four consecutive days of extremely strong growth, and culminating in a Cyber Monday that racked up an impressive $846 million in online spending (…)”, said Comscore chairman Gian Fulgoni in a prepared statement. “This is an extremely encouraging development for retailers and we can but hope that their aggressive discounting has still left room for profits.



Fish Tales Kiss!

Author: admin
12 2nd, 2008

 

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The illusion in following photos is frankly, quite obvious. None the less, I decided to show them to you (since this kind of body art is something I always loved). Great idea done by this couple, do you agree? If you narrow your eyes enough, you will get opinion you’re watching a cartoon! Hurray Fish tales!

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fish tales kiss