These are external links and will open in a new window. An age-check scheme designed to stop unders viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. But critics say teens may find it relatively easy to bypass the restriction or could simply turn to porn-hosting platforms not covered by the law.
This legislation was introduced with the following rationale expressed in the Home Office consultation:. The offence is provided for by section 63 of the Act. It criminalises the possession of an "extreme pornographic image".
The fact that an undercover operative or law enforcement officer was involved in the detection and investigation of an offense under this section shall not constitute a defense to a prosecution under this section. Any person who, in violating this subsection, misrepresents his or her age, commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. Each separate use of a computer online service, Internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission wherein an offense described in this section is committed may be charged as a separate offense.
Did you know it can be illegal just to look at something on the Internetdepending on what it is? Federal and Texas laws against child porn are severe and can lead to many years in prison. Even a search for child porn on the Web could get you arrested and charged with a crime.
If you are under 25 and you are unsure about your rights or responsibilities, or what to do next, you can get free and confidential legal help here. This page explains the law about viewing pornography online. Generally, it is not illegal for someone who is under 18 to view porn on the internet.
By Ave Mince-Didier. The United States has very tough child pornography laws. Possessing even one image depicting a child engaged in sexual conduct can result in a prison sentence.
Due to the international nature of the Internet, Internet pornography carries with it special issues with regard to the law. There is no one set of laws that apply to the distribution, purchase, or possession of Internet pornography. This means that, for example, even if a pornographer is legally distributing pornographythe person receiving it may not be legally doing so due to local laws. Child pornography is illegal in most countries with coordinated enforcement by Interpol and policing institutions of various governments, including among others the United States Department of Justice.