posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 06:29 AM
It may seem like a trivial thing to post your fake UFO photos or videos on a public web site, but...
Basically, it falls under the definition of forgery, which is the process of making, adapting, or imitating objects, statistics, or documents, with
the intent to deceive.
Different countries have different legislation for sub-categories of forgery, but to most it is considered a serious offense.
Certain personalities within Ufology have already been subjects to law suits, such as Alien Autopsy Producer Ray Santilli (for consumer fraud), and I
believe Billy Meyer has too.
Crop Circle makers can be prosecuted, since they destroy food crops (although only one has been prosecuted so far, and that was a crop circle
researcher that made 'test' circles to see if he could make elaborate circles matching some of the more complex ones out there).
They could probably also be prosecuted on the basis of making a crop circle with the intent of passing it off as an 'unknown' phenomenon. The
offense is in the intent to deceive, and fake Youtube-videos of 'unidentified' objects falls under the same category, even if the poster makes no
claims on the nature of the object. Forgery is deceit, and once you make it public you become liable.
Of course, someone has to file charges, which is what both UFO believers and skeptics should pursue. It is in the interest of both sides to get rid
off these pranksters.
We're talking about a subject of uttermost importance IMO, the possible presence on Earth of one or several otherworldly intelligences, and the fact
that some people are trying to deceive us on it is unacceptable.
Personally, I'm not a hardliner. I believe these people should be sentenced to community service. Apparently they have a lot of spare time on their
hands that can be better spent cleaning streets rather than posting BS on the internet.
[edit on 27-11-2009 by Heliocentric]