After Tumblr announced, on Monday, that it was invoking the nuclear option to expel NSFW agreeable on the platform, the internet reacted with anticipated rage.

At TNW, we speculated about whether the move would kill the platform. Yesterday, I scribbled a piece on those stung by the change. To my surprise, that’s primarily women and other marginalized groups who sought solace in Tumblr‘s bearding communities.

Reddit veered in a altered direction, as it so often does — for better, or worse. By Wednesday afternoon, just two days after the announcement, a group was already hard at work attempting to annal the whole damn thing, or, most of it anyway.

Redditor u/itdnhr began the process, accession some 67,000 NSFW Tumblr accounts and accumulation a massive list. He then shared it with r/Datasets, where other redditors bare the non-working accounts, abrogation 43,000 accounts.

Preserving Tumblr‘s NSFW accounts, though, isn’t after its challenges, both in scope and legality.

For starters, the annal is an estimated 25 terabytes of data. The simplest band-aid would be uploading it as a torrent, but a file this size makes that difficult. The amount of time needed to download a file this size, and the accumulator space appropriate to keep it, would be prohibitive for most internet users.

You could split the file into parts or advertise it through a single link, or series of links, on a clandestine server. But even 25, one-terabyte files would ultimately lead to the same botheration for anyone whose ultimate goal is to download the complete archive. And this method isn’t after risk.

There’s a better than zero chance the annal contains images of child sexual abuse. Apple banned Tumblr from the App Store for this very reason.

If found in the archive, the uploader, and consecutive downloaders could face legal action based on a law administration probe, user letters of actionable content, and/or a simple algebraic check for known meta data could open the achievability of the complex parties being answerable with any number of offenses accompanying to control and/or broadcasting of child sex abuse imagery.

The scope of the legal accountability is murky. As one legal able we spoke with stated, there’s a lot to consider.

“As a accepted matter, the control and broadcasting of images absolute child chicanery is absolutely prosecutable under bent law in the United States,” says Ryan Clough, accepted admonition at Public Knowledge, a Washington DC-based open internet non-profit. “As long as you breach the absolute terms of the statue, you could be accountable to prosecution.”

Clough added, “What I will say, generally, is that intent is appropriate in around any bent prosecution.”

And this is where it gets tricky.

For prosecutors to seek charges, it is likely that they’d need acceptance affirmation proving the uploader, and downloaders, had specific ability of the capacity of the archive: child sex abuse imagery, specifically. But downloading a large file that *may* accommodate child sex abuse adumbration isn’t the same as carefully downloading one that you *know* contains it.

Put simply, are the archivists gluttonous to bottle Tumblr because it because they know it contains actionable content, or in spite of the fact it may accommodate actionable content?