Crypto Regulations

US Congress Plans to Ban Crypto Porn

This week the US senate will vote on two bills aimed at stopping online sex trafficking. The “Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA) and “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA). These bills combined will facilitate plantiffs to sue online sexual services if found that they facilitate prostitution or victimization of children.

These bills will affect users, performers, producers, and online platforms (including new crypto start ups) all at the same time in two ways: One, by removing the protection from civil liability granted to online platforms in the 1996 Communications Decency Act. And two, by crippling the overhaul of the industry which protect performers and promote a more decentralized industry.

Without protection, users and producers can all be found liable of promoting prostitution either by visiting or talking about it online outside the state of Nevada, where prostitution is legal. And it could also mark the end of using crypto currencies to pay for adult generated content, jeopardizing the safety of performers.

Playboy and Penthouse are entering the crypto market by aligning themselves with Vice Industry Token (VIT) which rewards porn viewers and performers. But this and all future partnership will be threatened if these bills become law.

While these new measures attempt to deal with controversial and important issues, its intent may be overreaching. Protecting victims of sex trafficking or sexual crimes is a step in the right direction, but activist groups view the the scope of the bill as a serious infringement on freedom of speech. Also, performers will lose their source of income as they will be unable to afford the costs of legal defense. And lastly, viewers can also be found in violation without knowing by visiting sites flagged for its illegal content. Users need to be informed of these new changes and heed the warning that “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

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