With lemmy it is possible to upload any image to the lemmy server (including archive websites), while writing a post without even posting.
This could be used to upload pornographic, right winged or other illegal content and use it or share it on other platforms, even if the content is on your lemmy instance.
In Germany advocates even use archive.org as an evidence that you had illegal content on your website, including the exact date.
This could be very expensive for everyone who is managing a lemmy instance.
Another problem with the upload is, that a lot of images can be uploaded, without even using them in a post, just filling up the server with garbage data. Attackers could use this to automatically fill up the web space and provoke a crash.
Who is the owner of uploaded and shared images and posts? If a lemmy post gets shared, a copy of the image will be created. If the image doesn’t have a share-alike licence, the owner of the instance could get in trouble.
I am not an advocate! Those are just things I thought about, which could cause trouble if I would have a lemmy instance.
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With automation it would be possible to make several accounts upload a lot of images at the same time, which might fill the server within a short time.
But I get it that not the whole world is the same, but isn’t it a little bit overreacting to move to an Asian country because of this? If not, which country should it be? And it doesn’t mean you can live in freedom there, for example: Foreigners can’t buy property in Thailand. And Asia countries might have other things, which we see as granted, but isn’t there.
It’s not precisely because of this, but more because in general you’d face less issues if you’re already in a country outside Western jurisdiction than if you are in one and move after something happened. If I remember correctly the developers wanted to do this from the beginning but there was a problem with them either not knowing of a good host in Asia or something regarding price.
Agree on your second point, what I said was a simplification, but in general I’d say if you’re hosting something in Germany (as an example) they are definitely going to comply with US’s laws regarding copyright (plus their own), whereas some other country might not even have proper copyright laws (on the internet).