Originally Posted by HitOrGetHit
The law itself is understandable in the sense that it protects people who are unaware that what they are viewing contains underage people in it. The problem is that yes it does open the door for anyone to go out and "accidentally" look at it now and as long as it is not downloaded or saved then it is fair play.
So yes it is reasonable for honest mistakes but in no way is a great thing either.
I don't think it should be a crime, even for those who look at it intentionally. You have no way of knowing how old the person is when you see the picture. One can use common sense and assume that's only a child by the way they look, but that's only an assumption. Also, what if someone gets an email of family photos and one of the pictures is a naked photo of his baby niece, does he deserve to be put in prison? He intentionally opened the email, downloaded the images and looked at them; just like people who do it with other intentions. All around I just think the concept of simply looking at a picture is vague and shouldn't be considered a crime. Too many innocent people could get hurt by it.
Here's a perfect story; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-17274848
This guy reported images on his computer to the police but they thought he was a criminal because of it. He wasn't allowed to see his own kids for 4 months.