Who are the real anarchists?

Via Radley Balko, I learned that if certain legislators were to have their way, I might have committed a criminal offense earlier merely by photographing farm animals for what I thought was just a cute birthday post.

No really.

"Photographing cows or other farm scenery could land you in jail under Senate bill"

It seems that certain influential farmers want to call animals "intellectual property" or something. Great. Such legal cancers are eating away at freedom to a degree I never imagined possible.

If photographs of animals can be considered intellectual property, then so can photographs of anything.

Whether the bill passes or not, it is clear that Post Podernism has hit the law big time.

Either that or there's a "legislation bubble."

You'd think the silly bastards would have learned from Prohibition that when you criminalize ordinary activity and turn ordinary people into criminals, you trivialize and devalue real crime, but I guess not. It might be the whole idea.

And to think that they call libertarians anarchists!

posted by Eric on 03.07.11 at 12:07 AM


This is getting ridiculous. So, this bill passes, I innocently take some cute cow pictures and post them. Now, I am subject to criminal penalties for something noone in their right mind would think was illegal. However, ignorance of the law is not a defense. This sounds suspiciously like a way to make money.

Heather   ·  March 7, 2011 1:22 AM

And I see the "defense" that I hate the most when someone is defending a bad bill, it won't be enforced except against really bad people.
Simpson said he doesn't think that "innocent" roadside photography would be prosecuted even if the bill is passed as introduced.

"Farmers are a common-sense people," he said. "A tourist who stops and takes a picture of cows -- I would not imagine any farmer in the state of Florida that cares about that at all."

Yeah, because law enforcement would never, ever go too far in enforcing a law meant for a particular class.

Yeah, and we won't see Rico statutes used for anybody but the Mafia and we won't see Patriot act stuff used against drug dealers or other non-terrorists.

Veeshir   ·  March 7, 2011 1:38 PM

Veeshir, I had the same reaction. Yeah. Right.

But I really don't think it will pass. We're kinda major pissed off about it hereabouts. Probably the ONLY time you'll ever see me on the same side as PETA...

Kathy Kinsley   ·  March 7, 2011 6:08 PM

I hope you're right, Florida isn't California after all.

But the fact that he introduced it should be a disqualification for any public office ever again.

And tar and feathers should be an accepted response as well.

Veeshir   ·  March 7, 2011 8:36 PM

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