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'Naughty' camera phones spread new brands of mischief
NorthWest News ^ | 07/09/03 | Associated Press

Posted on 07/10/2003 6:49:23 AM PDT by bedolido

TOKYO - It may have been inevitable. Now that cell phones with little digital cameras have spread throughout Asia, so have new brands of misbehavior.

Some people are secretly taking photos up women's skirts and down into bathroom stalls. Others are avoiding buying books and magazines by snapping free shots of desired pages.

"The problem with a new technology is that society has yet to come up with a common understanding about appropriate behavior," said Mizuko Ito, an expert on mobile phone culture at Keio University in Tokyo. "No matter what the technology, there'll always be people who don't mind their manners."

While camera phones have been broadly available for only a few months in the United States, more than 25 million of the devices are out on the streets of Japan, which leads the world in fancy mobile phones.

In nearby South Korea, where more than 3 million cell phones equipped with cameras are believed to be in circulation, Samsung Electronics is banning their use in its semiconductor and research facilities, hoping to stave off industrial espionage.

Samsung, a leading maker of cell phones, is taking a low-tech approach -- requiring employees and visitors to stick tape over the handset's camera lens.

"Digital shoplifting" is another concern.

Japan's magazine publishers association is mailing out 34,000 posters to bookstores asking patrons not to use camera phone to shoot pages from periodicals in lieu of buying them.

Simply taking pictures of magazines on store shelves generally does not constitute copyright violation under Japanese law if it's only for individual consumption and not distributed to others.

But bookstores say it is devastating sales.

"Times are tough already. And this kind of problem has to come falling from the sky," says Makoto Niikura, owner of the Yakumodo book store in Tokyo, which has put up a poster that says: "Magazine lovers watch their manners."

Minako Yamashita, a 32-year-old housewife who uses her cell phone to take pictures of her children, said she has witnessed people sneaking photos in bookstores and acknowledged a temptation to do it herself.

"I can understand," she said. "But I'd never do it."

It's still impossible to read an entire magazine page in a picture shot from a phone, even if the image is relayed to a personal computer. But photographing a restaurant address, information about job openings, a recipe or pop star's photo are well within the technology's range.

No government in Asia has yet tried to regulate camera phones. And South Korean manufacturers have already written the government opposing any possible regulation as a blow to sales, according to LG Electronics, a member of the industry group that wrote the letter.

Most people use the camera-phones for harmless things like jazzing up e-mail with snapshots. But perverse uses are cropping up.

Around Asia, fears are rising about photos being surreptitiously taken in swimming pools and locker rooms. Cell phones have already been declared off-limits by Japanese public bath houses.

Japanese police say they have apprehended people using camera phones to take photos up the skirts of unsuspecting women in crowded trains and stores. One culprit was fined $4,200.

In China, a teenager was raped by a man who photographed her nude with a camera-phone and threatened to disseminate the pictures, police said. One woman was sued for allegedly taking camera-phone pictures of another woman while she was in the bathroom and transmitting them to acquaintances.

Japan's camera phones are designed to set off an electronic ring when the shutter is pressed, warning everyone nearby that a photograph is being taken. But the alarm can be muffled by placing a hand or piece of cloth over the speakers, police say.

Then again, camera phones can enhance the safety of people in trouble. In Yokohama, Japan, an 18-year-old female store clerk used her camera phone to take a photo of a 38-year-old man who was fondling her on a commuter train. She called police during the train ride and presented her phone shots as evidence. The man was arrested at the next stop.

Daisuke Okabe, professor of education and human sciences at Yokohama National University, says rules about mobile phones ideally should be created by the users themselves, rather than forced upon them.

"Mobile technology can change social behavior, and social behavior leads to new mobile technology," he said. "It's a two-way street."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: camera; mischief; naughty; phones; spread

1 posted on 07/10/2003 6:49:23 AM PDT by bedolido
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2 posted on 07/10/2003 6:51:23 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: bedolido
"Digital shoplifting" is another concern

New laws are on the way.

3 posted on 07/10/2003 6:52:47 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: da_toolman; jdogbearhunter
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4 posted on 07/10/2003 6:56:14 AM PDT by phasma proeliator (it's better to die with honor than to live without it.)
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To: bedolido
I don't understand the digital shoplifting thing. A photo of a photo sounds pretty useless to me
5 posted on 07/10/2003 6:58:15 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
I don't understand the digital shoplifting thing. A photo of a photo sounds pretty useless to me

I guess if the bookstores and magazines begin losing money from people "stealing" copyrighted photos and/or stories, they will have a case. Don't know myself, it's just what the story said.

6 posted on 07/10/2003 7:03:07 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: bedolido
These phone are real cool. Here is a photo I took of myself just a minute ago:


7 posted on 07/10/2003 7:13:04 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Liberals - Their neural synapses are corroded.)
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To: isthisnickcool
These phone are real cool. Here is a photo I took of myself just a minute ago

You must live in San Francisco.

8 posted on 07/10/2003 7:17:10 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: isthisnickcool
Here I am with and without my top


9 posted on 07/10/2003 7:25:07 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: bedolido
i wonder how many suprise pics of cojones have been sent to unsuspecting buddies...
10 posted on 07/10/2003 7:28:15 AM PDT by rattrap (Looters and Moochers and Zealots, OH MY!!!!)
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To: bedolido
society has yet to come up with a common understanding about appropriate behavior

Thank you, William Jefferson Clinton.

11 posted on 07/10/2003 7:34:00 AM PDT by shiva
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To: bedolido
www.mobileasses.com
12 posted on 07/10/2003 7:41:33 AM PDT by eno_
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To: bedolido; isthisnickcool
"The problem with a new technology is that society has yet to come up with a common understanding about appropriate behavior,"
 
"Appropriate behavior" is an entirely subjective standard and attempting to enforce one person's view of it upon another is a form of oppression, which is exactly what I told the guy when he approached me about using my camera phone in the locker room at my gym.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

13 posted on 07/10/2003 7:57:27 AM PDT by South Hawthorne ("Europeans lost the will to live the moral life long ago." - Ben Shapiro)
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To: bedolido
" In Yokohama, Japan, an 18-year-old female store clerk used her camera phone to take a photo of a 38-year-old man who was fondling her on a commuter train. She called police during the train ride and presented her phone shots as evidence. The man was arrested at the next stop."

Love it. Superb use of the technology. Quick thinking on the young lady's part, as well.

14 posted on 07/10/2003 8:08:57 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: bedolido
Anyone who takes an 'up the skirt shot' or 'over the stall' shot of me will find their camera in a most inconvenient place.
15 posted on 07/10/2003 8:14:03 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: RightOnline
" In Yokohama, Japan, an 18-year-old female store clerk used her camera phone to take a photo of a 38-year-old man who was fondling her on a commuter train. She called police during the train ride and presented her phone shots as evidence. The man was arrested at the next stop." Love it. Superb use of the technology. Quick thinking on the young lady's part, as well.

It still probably ended up on the internet.

16 posted on 07/10/2003 8:15:33 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: RightOnline
"Superb use of the technology."

Who needs technology? A knee to the groin works just fine.

17 posted on 07/10/2003 8:15:58 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: bedolido
Does 'mooning' someone by phone constitute an obscene phone call?
18 posted on 07/10/2003 8:17:19 AM PDT by verity
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To: bedolido
Photocide: The real reason you bought a camera phone
19 posted on 07/10/2003 8:21:12 AM PDT by csvset
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To: isthisnickcool
Looks like you're missing something. All that steroid use shrivel it up?
20 posted on 07/10/2003 8:21:39 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (Half the people you encounter are below average.)
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To: bedolido
My health club has banned all cell phones in the lockeroom to eliminate the temptation of some to snap photos. Now if I could only convince management to ban cell phones in the workout room so I don't have to listen to some jerk drone on and on about nothing for an hour as he/she pretends to exercise.
21 posted on 07/10/2003 8:26:05 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Tall_Texan
Looks like you're missing something. All that steroid use shrivel it up?

Hey, I'm a native Texan! Most everything is actually tied behind me:)

22 posted on 07/10/2003 8:33:01 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Liberals - Their neural synapses are corroded.)
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To: bedolido
I used my PDA's digital camera to snap pictures of item descriptions/prices at Costco. Much easier/faster than writing it down.
23 posted on 07/10/2003 9:22:35 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: isthisnickcool
And here I am before the photoshopping:


24 posted on 07/10/2003 9:27:25 AM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball
LMAO.... I saw that photo (of you) the other day here on some thread. You need to stop inserting that air-pump from the gas station into your rectum. Someday you're gonna POP or launch yourself into the air.
25 posted on 07/10/2003 9:39:36 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: bedolido
I worked in bookstores for several years, people often hand copied page after page of information from our books and magazines, f course they did not buy them after that, just got up and walked out.

I cannot see much difference here.
26 posted on 07/10/2003 9:44:10 AM PDT by The Louiswu (Good morning America)
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To: MEGoody
You are assuming that there is enough room on a crowded Japanese train to raise your knee or aim it at the proper target.

I have pictures of anti-chikan (molester) sights in Tokyo subways. My favorite was a generic "behave" type ad compaign that had three "do not do" activities in red circles with the slash across it. One was a fist hitting a train employee. One was a hand hitting a vending machine. The third was a hand going up a woman's skirt.

What you also need to remember is that making a scene in public is considered bad form in Japan. The chikan count on them not screaming, fighting, or asking for help. Fortunately, however, many Japanese women are starting to make scenes, anyway.

27 posted on 07/10/2003 11:05:24 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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