Viewing child pornography online not a crime: New York court ruling | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News In a controversial decision that is already sparking debate around the country, the New York Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that viewing child pornography online is not a crime. Downloading is. to be honest, I'm torn. Part of me wants to take a pipe wrench to these assholes until they change their minds. another, smaller part thinks this is the lumps of freedom. what do you think?