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Internet Police Fine Man 1900 RMB For Downloading Porn

From Sina:

Yesterday, Nanyang City resident Ren Chaoji held in his hand a 1,900 RMB fine ticket, planning to apply for administrative reconsideration. The ticket was written out by internet police on September 12, with the reason: “Computer contains downloaded copy of a pornographic video.”

28-year-old Ren Chaoji and fellow Nanyang City Li Jin are business partners, the two of them having opened a car parts shop in a Nanyang shopping mall. August 18, internet police from a branch under the Nanyang Public Security Bureau came to the store, saying Li Jin’s computer was suspected of spreading reactionary (negative) information, and must be checked. To help facilitate doing business, in April of this year, Ren Chaoji brought his own computer from home, and at the time was also placed in the store.

Ren Chaoji said, the internet police at the time also checked his computer, after discovering that he had downloaded a pornographic video, they seized the host computer. Ren Chaoji says that the video was downloaded from the internet in November 2007, is about 30 minutes long. At that time, he had not yet gotten married, did not disseminate, also did not let others watch, was solely out of curiosity, and afterwards forgot to delete.

September 12, Ren Chaoji received the police’s letter of punishment decision, saying “routine inspection uncovered computer with downloaded copy of pornographic video,” deciding that Ren Chaoji should be given “a warning sentence of 1,900 yuan fine” . To this, Ren Chao Ji said he would apply for administrative reconsideration, saying that although him watching pornographic video is wrong, he said he watched it alone, did not disseminate, and he did not cause any serious problems, like a husband and wife at home watching a pornographic movie, whether it is illegal or not should be considered. He said, “The fine is too much, if I was fined 500 yuan, I could accept it.”

China Internet Police cartoon characters Jingjing and Chacha.

The Nanyang Municipal Public Security Bureau based its punishment on “Computer Information Network and Internet Security Management”, Article 5, item 6 and Article 20.

Article 5, item 6:
No work unit or individual may use of the domestic internet for the production, reproduction, access, and dissemination of “promoting feudal superstition, obscenity, pornography, gambling, violence, homicide, terrorism, and abetting crime.”

Article 20:
Violation of one of the acts listed in Article 5, public security authorities are to give a warning, those that have made illegal gains shall have those gains confiscated, individuals may be fined no more than 5000 yuan, work units may be fined no more than 15,000 yuan.

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A Nanyang law firm is attempting to argue that Ren Chaoji should not be solely responsible for the crime, but that the site which published the video should be held accountable.

There was also a poll. Here are the poll results (as of 08/09/21, 4:45pm):

What do you think of a man at home downloading an obscene video being fined 1900 RMB? (63,606 votes)

Oppose, this man did not illegally disseminate or assemble a crowd to watch the obscene video, the impact was not big, so this punishment is obviously excessive.
96.03% (60,968 votes)
Support, downloading and watching obscene videos is misbehavior, virtually also supporting the dissemination of obscene videos, the police fine is reasonable.
2.28% (1,449 votes)
Not sure.
1.68% (1068 votes)

Comments on MSN/MySpace.cn:

If 30 minutes results in a 1900 fine, then my fine would be 19 Million American dollars large; my upper bunk brother would be fined 4000 million, at its peak the fine would be enough to substitute America’s national debt to us.

Congratulations, our police comrades just got more income.

If they were serious, they should go shut down that criminal website [where the pornographic movie was downloaded], instead of always picking on the common people.

I bet after a while downloading movies, mp3s, and the like will result in fines up to several tens of thousands of RMB.

Strange, than why don’t they go catch a few of those real people visiting prostitutes?

Quickly must destroy all 1000+ movies I have, otherwise who knows how much money I will be fined???

Crap, according to this I should be executed by firing squad! I have over 100 GBs!

Comments on Tianya:

Motherfuckers, those internet police at night are more yellow and more violent.

Give every internet surfing man a fine…what the fuck~

These pig-raised police, if they have never seen an adult video, then they must have grown up drinking Sanlu.

Wonderful China, anything possible can happen.

Truly amazing.

Chinese people, we don’t even have the right to watch pornography!?

My hard disk is now worth something, one 30 minute video is probably about 200MB, 1900 yuan. 100GB, 500X200, 1900X500 = about 1,000,000, I am going to be rich…

We no longer even have the right to watch porn, forcing us to watch CCAV.

Mad for money.

An amazing country, where prostitution is almost motherfucking legalized, but watching porn is illegal.

Nothing is impossible…

Fuck…if I get investigated for this, I will not be able to pay off this fine even in my next life!

Dammit, my computer was also checked by the police at the Hangzhou train station. Just next to the train station, there as a street full of “shampoo shops”, but instead of checking them, they check my computer. It really is incomprehensible.

“Shampoo shops” are stores that look like hair salons but the girls inside are actually prostitutes. You can identify them because they usually have a pink/purple light and the sexy-dressed girls sit in front of the store to attract customers.

You could say to that internet police: your father and mother also act in porn, if not how would you be born? Shouldn’t you also be fined several tens of thousands of bucks?

If “lou zhu‘s” hard drive had CCAV’s Xinwen Lianbo, who knows maybe the police would have rewarded you 1900 yuan.

This protagonist is really foolish, if nothing else works just say you watch educational videos and everything would have been okay.

One of my friends opened a KTV. The police often come to “inspect.” Once they arrive, they want the best private rooms, they call the most pretty young girls, and after they have eaten and played, they pat their butts and leave. Ordinary people watch a little porn, jack off, and get fined.  What kind of motherfucking society is this?

If this is really the case, selling my house won’t be enough to cover the fine……

Everyone, goodbye! After this, I am going to destroy my computer, my DVDs, and blind my two eyes. Good bye~~~Oh, one more thing, should I also cut off my penis while I am at it?

Police are the thugs, the government is the mafia.

Public servants find ways to take money from the pockets of ordinary people! Now there is even no right to watch porn!
They interfere with the sky above you, the ground below you, and in between, they interfere with your genitals!
Haha, it is interesting!

Amazing China, every day a pleasant surprise.

It is over.
I better delete quickly.
Otherwise, all my wages until I am 60 will be fined.

I admit: I’m guilty!

Fuck, when I went to university, this would be every guy in my class (girls do not count), enough to be executed by the firing squad three times.

In the future, to make love to your wife at home you’ll need a marriage certificate hung around your neck to avoid arrest.

Thinking of the 80-something [1989] year crackdown, are today’s common people living too comfortably? What is fining 1900 RMB for watching porn? 20 years ago just saying something perverted on the street would get you shot.

Comments from Mop (closed/deleted):

After calculations, if Bill Gates gave me all his money it wouldn’t be enough.

Motherfuckers, if they can, they should try to fine me, they only know how to bully those without experience. I have 30GB saved, come and try to find the several hundred GB I watched enough of and deleted.

If the internet cops investigate me, I’ll immediately burn down the house, the financial loss would still be cheaper [than the fine].

If they went to check the university boys dormitories, I bet China’s male college students would become extinct! NB!
This post will become hot, leave your name, Nothing is safe now, milk powder, milk, pork, surfing the net is all unsafe!

Where’s the next Yang hero?

This refers to Yang Jia, the Shanghai cop-killer.

What kind of stupid law is this. If I watch porn, what stupid business is it of their’s…
If he can say he has never watched porn before, then fuck it, if he can he should not go fuck girls anymore, leave home and go become a monk.

First time I ever heard this! ~~

Fuck it. Watch, get a fine. Visit prostitutes, get a fine. Watch, get arrested. Visit prostitutes, get arrested. Fuck, the way I see it, I might as well motherfucking just go rape.

Can the internet police simply search anyone’s computer??? This way a handsome bachelor, just because he downloaded a video to masturbate, you will fine? Is there still any law of the land?? Is there still any law!!!

Shit…did these police drink Sanlu?

No more quarreling, be careful of the internet police coming to close this topic~~~

The rich go out and play!!! Those without money watching videos at home get fined???

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08/09/27 UPDATE: The police have “decided to withdraw” Ren Chaoji’s 1900 RMB fine after many netizens and media reported the story. However, they said it is only because it was Ren Chaoji’s first time breaking this law and not because the law is or the police were wrong. – Fauna

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