The legal definition of child pornography under federal law is slightly different than various states’ laws concerning child pornography.
Federal law states that child pornography is any visual depiction of sexually explicit acts that involve:
- A minor
- An image that is indistinguishable from that of a minor
- An image that has been altered digitally to feature a minor
Any depictions of nude children do not count as child pornography unless the subject is shown engaging in sexual conduct.
Continue reading to learn more about state specific pornography laws and sexting as pornography.