What the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Alert Means to Furries
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Alert posted here is potentially chilling for the Furry Fandom. If you collect furry art of an adult nature – be it adult solo, adult couples, or variants of cub art, if you are singled out to be searched by Customs, and the material is found, you can be detained until a “Subject Matter Expert” makes a ruling on the nature of the art. If he or she rules the art to be depicting child pornography, or even beastiality, you could be arrested.
Officers may encounter information “that requires referral to subject matter experts to determine whether the information is relevant to the laws enforced and administered by CBP.” Officers may make a copy of the material and seek subject matter assistance when they have reasonable suspicion of activities that would violate laws enforced by U.S. Customs.
The searches in question can include luggage, papers, laptops, cameras, tablets, ipods and any other type of data storage device or media. I know many furries who carry coppies of some of their favorite art on their smart phones, and their entire collection on their laptops.
This is not limited to crossing the US border by roadway. Any time you pass through Customs -through an airport or sea port, you can be searched.
This is the first time in US history that someone can be detained and possibly arrested for lines drawn on paper, something purely created from someone’s imagination and not a photograph.
Your feedback on this is welcomed.