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Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction 509

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-to-blame dept.
coolnumbr12 writes "Chris Sevier, a 36-year-old man from Tennessee, got so addicted to porn videos that his wife took his children and left him. Now he has sued Apple saying the company failed to install any filter in its devices to prevent his addiction. In a 50-page complaint, Sevier calls Apple a 'silent poisoner' responsible for the proliferation of 'arousal addiction, sex trafficking, prostitution, and countless numbers of destroyed lives.' Sevier is seeking damages from Apple, but said he we will drop the lawsuit if Apple agrees to sell devices with a 'safe mode.'"
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Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 15, 2013 @02:19PM (#44287857)

    For several years, pornography ruled my life. I lost my family over it. I lost my self respect over it. It was causing such deep depression that I nearly lost my life over it. Being in IT, I could get around any filters. If I wanted porn online, I found porn online. Simple as that. I finally broke my addiction to it and got my life back together. So, I feel the pain of the person who TFA speaks of.

    That all being said...

    This. Is. Stupid. Why not just sue The Internetz and your ISP and your carrier and every person who's ever produced pornography, and Samsung for making iPhone screens and... you get the point.

    Stopping the addiction does not rely on Apple blocking porn on your iPhone. It involves taking responsibility, getting help, and STOPPING.

  • by FuzzNugget (2840687) on Monday July 15, 2013 @02:40PM (#44288117)
    According to this comment [arstechnica.com] in the ArsTechnica discussion of their report on this story [arstechnica.com], the plantiff is actually a suspended lawyer who was formerly deployed and is now dealing with mental illness.

    Maybe the commenter is taking the piss, but really ... that's the only explanation that makes any sense.
  • Re:False Flag (Score:5, Informative)

    by Artifakt (700173) on Monday July 15, 2013 @02:44PM (#44288169)

    I'm wondering if this particular Sevier lives in Sevierville. Seveirville is named after John Sevier, a pioneer settler to the region. That part of the state has literally thousands of people with some variant on Sevier as their last name; Mostly Seviers, but with Siviers, Seebers, Seibers, Severs, and even a few Xaviers. I know of only one sex shop in the Sevierville area, but I don't think it's out of business. (It calls itself "Sexy Stuf", and the ex and I don't patronize places that can't spell, but it looked open when we stopped at the Smoky Mountain Knife Museum (It's like a four story mall full of knife dealers, with taxidermied animals and indoor waterfalls, and I'd bet Mr. Sevier would love it if he can stop focusing on sex so much).
            Knoxville, 30 miles away or so, has lots of sex stores still open last I checked - Adult Superstore, Fantasy World, Intimate Treasures, Romantic Escapades, and others. Town and Country seems to be fading fast, but they're kinda disquieting (as in labeling the plus-size video's "fattyporn", and clerks who seem oddly judgemental), so I really doubt it's apple putting them out of business.

  • Re:False Flag (Score:4, Informative)

    by JeanCroix (99825) on Monday July 15, 2013 @03:02PM (#44288397) Journal
    For those not following your link: Sevier lost his law license in 2011 after the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled he can’t practice due to reasons of mental illness. New reports reveal his disability is related to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from his time serving in Iraq.
  • Re:False Flag (Score:2, Informative)

    by hermitdev (2792385) on Monday July 15, 2013 @03:14PM (#44288565)
    I can't believe I'm actually about to defend Apple, but I think the point is suing Apple for producing a computer that can be used to access any multitude of media and do any number of any other things is absurd as suing Sony for the same thing, because they produce TVs, BluRay & DVD players, and computers that can be used to access the same media.
    Smokers didn't sue their local convenience stores where they bought their smokes, they sued the manufacturers of said tobacco products. This is a classic case of a bullshit, groundless lawsuit, that should be tossed, and the only reason Apple is the plaintiff is because they have deep pockets.
    For this to have any standing (and I don't think it has so much as a termite-ridden peg leg to stand on), he should have gone after the producers of the pornography he had to which he had become addicted (but I bet he didn't watch long enough to see the credits).
    He should also add his ISP to the suit for wantonly providing access to the media.

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