U.S. state laws

Two examples:  California: Any film,photograph,data storage media,computer-generated image which involves the use of a person under the age of 18 years engaging in or simulating sexual conduct (defined as exhibition of the genitals or pubic or rectal area for the purpose of sexual stimulation of the viewer).  Penalties: fine up to $2,500, imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, or both.  New Jersey:  Any photograph, film, computer program or file which depicts a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act, or in the simulation of such an act (including nudity, if depicted for the purpose of sexual stimulation).  Penalties: up to 18 months in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines.

U.S. federal law

U.S. federal code 18 USC § 2252 [edited for relevance and readability]:  Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors:  Any person who knowingly receives, or distributes, any visual depiction using any means…including by computer… if the producing of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct…shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years…

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