Shaddai Prejean, better known by his artist handle Shadman, has shut down his pornography website Shadbase after remarking on Twitter about “legal issues”.
Shadbase featured many drawn pornographic images with characters that were depicted as being underage. While such drawings are a hot topic in freedom of speech debates, American courts have repeatedly upheld citizens’s rights to own and produce erotic cartoons featuring young characters. There are two main exceptions to this law that elevate drawn pornography into actual child pornography in the US according to U.S. Code § 2252A:
- If the pornography is 3D rendered in such a way it is indistinguishable from a real photograph, or
- If the pornography is drawn in the likeness of a real child.
Shaddai may have violated the statute when he began antagonizing celebrities. He recently drew a picture of Internet sensationalist Daniel Keem’s daughter, albeit not in a sexual way. He also branded it with a banner stating that any likenesses are “coincidental”. While that precaution works for parody and satire, such as the iconic South Park introductory title card, US law is much less forgiving with child pornography. Many of the warnings, workarounds, and courtesies that would be given for defamation and copyright complaint cases are skipped in favor of property seizures and arrests, as U.S.C. 2252 is a criminal issue, not civil.
However, more explicitly, Shadbase drew a comic featuring the unmistakable likeness of the child named LTcorbis, an 11 year old girl who became infamous for producing videos with extremely sexual spoken content. This time Shadman was less subtle and more pornographic. The image featured the microphone in LTcorbis’s videos as an innuendo for a phallus simulating sexual acts with her and did not feature a “purely coincidental” warning as before. Members of Internet forums allegedly reported this video to the FBI for being a possible production of child pornography.
It is unknown if this exact comic is what caused Shadman to take his site down, though considering it is his primary source of income, the issue being a civil one does not seem probable.
Update – April 2nd
Shadbase remains down, casting away doubts that this is an elaborate April Fool’s prank. Speculation has shifted that the legal problem involves Dafne Keen, the young actress who played X-23 / Laura in the new Wolverine movie, Logan. Shadman published a series of pictures of the girl being brutally raped, beaten, and urinated on, with promises to make more. He used his Discord to publicly discuss his love for the 11-year-old actress.
The following explanation was given over Twitter.
I guess it had to happen sooner or later that shadbase gets into legal trouble.
Glad it took this long.
(The roblox things is obviously a meme)
After 5 years of running the site, this is the first time, my dedicated server has been confiscated by the hosting company becaus certain content got reported.
Im trying to negotiate something with them to get my files back, so I can save shadbase. My plan is to let them go through everything and make them see for themselves that stuff may be questionable but not illegal.
I want to bring the website back, fully uncensored – If I have to start censoring shadbase, I think its best to quit the site and figure something else out.
Im fighting this and trying to figure out legal ways to keep shadbase up, however I dont know how long it will take IF the site will be able to go live again.
In any case thanks for bearing with me. I will have new content once this is solved. And if I cant solve it, I will keep drawing, but I will figure out how to run thins differently.
April 23rd Update: Shadbase is down again on the new host.