Pending American Legislation: Prohibiting Visual Depictions Of Minors Engaged In Sexually Explicit Conduct

Americans, like most others, are very much concerned with child pornography. Congressman Lamar Smith introduced the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002 on April 30, 2002. If passed, the Act would amend the Federal criminal code in respect to computer generated images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The bill has seen a lot of action in the Senate and was referred to the committee on the Judiciary on June 26, 2002. There are sixty-nine cosponsors of the bill, giving it a good chance of being passed during this session of congress, or being renewed for the 108th congress.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

DOES THE ACT AFFECT PROVIDERS OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION?
ARE THERE ANY DEFENSES?
WHAT DOES THE TERM “VISUAL DEPICTION” IN THIS ACT MEAN?

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