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I am doing a research paper on Pornography and theLaw of the Internet and I have a multi-part question:  How is it in newsgroups such as in the pedofile area, people get away with posting pics and not getting caught?  I do believe in the freedom of the web and the the less restrictions the better. But this is something that is totally illegal in almost every country.

So I guess this is my question.  Is the Police aware and not doing nothing, or are these people able to hide how they log on.  How does one get tracked down, is the ISP they go through able to record all there actions.  What about the people who download, are they to not able to be tracked also.  It just amazes me the amount of material out there and it seems like nothing is happening to anyone.

Please answer this question to the best of your ability.  I am using all 200 points because this is the last part of my paper.  My proffesor is knowledgeble about the www and I know I cannot b/s in this area.  Thank you for your time and consideration.
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by:alona041797
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Newsgroups Posters may be tracked-down up to the ISP they are using and using information from the ISP, even the specific account used to post the posting.

So, I guess that the police does not interfeir because the information is posted to a site in a differet country, and the downloaders are form yet another country so the police cannot cooperate and get the information needed to track down the posters.

Yet, the police does catch such criminals but there are always new ones.

I hope this answers your question.
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by:bloke041997
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I used a total of 200 points and I asked some very technical questions.  What I got was very lame and not worth anything to me.  I was hoping for something more, but I guess the old saying is true.  You dont get anything for free.  I am sorry to have wasted your time and mine!
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texjr earned 200 total points
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Police and law inforcement agencies are, in most cases, able to track down individuals who post illegal material on the net.  However, the cost and time involved in the process of tracking an illegal newgroup poster is not worth it to most agencies unless the violator is hurting someone.

To address the ISP question: it is IMPOSSIBLE to TOTALLY hide an ISP footprint.  However, it IS POSSIBLE to hide it so well that only the best hackers could decode it. (If more specific info is required about the process of hiding an ISP footprint, I could find it... if you REALLY need it.)

Hope this is helpful... happy coding :-)
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by:bloke041997
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Better than the first answer I recieved.  
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