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7 March, 2010

you can be arrest for playing offensive music in Australia

A TEEN has been arrested for listening to what police deem offensive rap music.

In what could be a legal test case, 19-year-old Nathan Michael Wilkie faces a charge of offensive behaviour after police arrested him when he was listening to music by underground rapper Kid Selzy on his car stereo, the Herald Sun reports.

The young Nathan legally had his window down, and walked out the car to help his mum carrying shopping bags while leaving the car running (it is not illegal to leave the car running), then the police decided to exercise their powers.

Please note, the Police believe they can decide if a music is 'offensive' or not, and issued a summons which the young fan probably did not deserve to receive. However it seems like that police office does not have power to confiscate the said album from selling legally.

Probably, the police officer does not approve the look of this young rap music fan.

news source: Teen Nathan Wilkie arrested for playing 'offensive' rap music from car (, 6 March 2010)

Posted by Antony on 7 March 2010 2:21 PM | newstalk

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Well, I keep the windows closed when I have music playing. That's not only in the car, but also at home. Here in the dorm I always use headphones.
While I do think that having to listen to other people's music can be rather annoying sometimes, arresting the guy seems completely out of proportion with respect to what he was doing.
Around here it's illegal to keep a car running if the driver isn't in it, so even if the policemen were found to be out of line, they would simply seek (and would probably be granted) the maximum fine for that instead.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 March 2010 5:02 AM.
I don't listen to loud music. It's not that I don't want to share, but more of the fact that I don't feel like to disturb other people.
Please note that it's very HOT here, many people have the feeling that aircon costs a lot to run. Even without leaving the car on, you can still run music playing via the car battery.
Posted by Antony on 9 March 2010 8:45 AM.
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