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Cartoon pornography is the portrayal of illustrated or animated fictional characters in erotic or sexual situations. Cartoon pornography includes but is not limited to parody renditions of famous cartoons and comics.

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Non-parody artists

Artists who draw pre-existing characters do not generally have any special notability among the cartoon pornography community; in contrast, some of the artists who draw their own characters, such as Alazar, Bill Ward, Kevin J. Taylor, or John Willie, have gained a cult fan base.

Legal status of cartoon pornography

The legal status of pornography varies from country to country. In addition to the normal legal status of pornography, much cartoon pornography depicts potentially minor characters engaging in sexual acts. One of the primary reasons for this may be due to many cartoons being at least partially aimed at young adults or even children, and therefore the characters themselves are not adults. Cartoon pornography does not always have depictions of minors in sexual acts or situations, but that which does may fall under the jurisdiction laws concerning child pornography. Drawings of pre-existing characters can be in theory been violation of copyright law no matter the situation the characters is shown in.

The United States

In the United States, cartoon porn that does not contain parodies or depictions of minors generally falls under the category of speech protected by the First Amendment. For more information on general legality of pornography, see Pornography in the United States. Even in the case of depiction of minors, the US Supreme Court struck down prosecution against this because it violated freedom of expression.

Cartoon pornography depicting minors

The legal status of cartoon pornography depicting minors in sexual acts or situations is somewhat complex. Famous works of art from as early as the BC ages have depicted, and some much more graphically than much of the material presented in modern times by illegal sources, the explicit sexuality and sexual nature of, by what would be defined in today's standing, underage individuals, animals, and/or other anthropomorphic creatures. See legal status in the United States for more detailed history and information.

As of the PROTECT Act of 2003, the legal status of cartoon pornography with minors has been more thoroughly addressed and refined than it was before under the previous law of the United States. From her summary and analysis of the Act by privacy lawyer Parry Aftab, it would seem that the new legislation affects cartoon pornography which is both "graphic" and "indistinguishable." Both of these words were clearly defined by legislators in the act. Simplified definitions referred to content which was visually viewable and which could not be readily distinguished by viewers as not containing depiction of real children. In addition, much of the presented material, when translated for the United States market, had removed scenes of children being depicted, or stated that the outwardly childlike appearance did not reflect the actual age of the character (a much more common trait in hentai material in particular). This change is rapidly affecting sources such as the Internet as well as adult bookstores which would readily have it available.

The new act seemed to be primarily and rather specifically aimed at addressing realistic appearing computer generated depictions of minors in sexual situation or engaging in sexual act. The definition by law makers went on to state quite clearly: "This definition does not apply to depictions that are drawings, cartoons, sculptures, or paintings depicting minors or adults", U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 2256 [1].

By October 2008[2], the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund became involved in a case defending an Iowan comic collector named Christopher Handley, with Eric Chase of the group operating as his legal consultant. [3] This is related to obscenity charges involving pornography depicting minors, being applied to a fictional comic book. Judge Gritzner was petitioned to drop some of the charges.[4] The motion was initially heard on June 24, 2008 [5] but was not widely publicized prior to the Fund's involvement.

Canada

Cartoon pornography is illegal in Canada if it depicts any characters of the human species under the age of 18, including fictional ones.[6]

Australia

A recent court case in Australia has found a man possessing cartoon pornography involving the characters Bart, Lisa and Marge from The Simpsons guilty after the images were described as Child Pornography. According to the judge of the court case, the "purpose of anti-child pornography legislation was to stop sexual exploitation and child abuse where images of "real" children were depicted" and that the images could "fuel demand for material that does involve the abuse of children." [7] [8]

United Kingdom

The Coroners and Justice Bill includes plans to criminalise all sexual images of under 18s (including non-realistic depictions), as well as images of adults where the predominant impression conveyed is that the person shown is under 18 despite the fact that some of the physical characteristics shown are not those of a person under 18.[9]

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Notes

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Cartoon pornography is the portrayal of illustrated or animated fictional characters in erotic or sexual situations. Cartoon pornography includes but is not limited to parody renditions of famous cartoons and comics.

Contents

Non-parody artists

Artists who draw pre-existing characters do not generally have any special notability among the cartoon pornography community; in contrast, some of the artists who draw their own characters, such as Alazar, Bill Ward, Kevin J. Taylor, or John Willie, have gained a cult fan base.

Legal status of cartoon pornography

The legal status of pornography varies from country to country. In addition to the normal legal status of pornography, much cartoon pornography depicts potentially minor characters engaging in sexual acts. One of the primary reasons for this may be due to many cartoons being at least partially aimed at young adults or even children, and therefore the characters themselves are not adults. Cartoon pornography does not always have depictions of minors in sexual acts or situations, but that which does may fall under the jurisdiction laws concerning child pornography. Drawings of pre-existing characters can be in theory been violation of copyright law no matter the situation the characters is shown in.

The United States

In the United States, cartoon porn that does not contain parodies or depictions of minors generally falls under the category of speech protected by the First Amendment. For more information on general legality of pornography, see Pornography in the United States. Even in the case of depiction of minors, the US Supreme Court struck down prosecution against this because it violated freedom of expression.

Cartoon pornography depicting minors

The legal status of cartoon pornography depicting minors in sexual acts or situations is somewhat complex. Famous works of art from as early as the BC ages have depicted, and some much more graphically than much of the material presented in modern times by illegal sources, the explicit sexuality and sexual nature of, by what would be defined in today's standing, underage individuals, animals, and/or other anthropomorphic creatures. See legal status in the United States for more detailed history and information.

As of the PROTECT Act of 2003, the legal status of cartoon pornography with minors has been more thoroughly addressed and refined than it was before under the previous law of the United States. From her summary and analysis of the Act by privacy lawyer Parry Aftab, it would seem that the new legislation affects cartoon pornography which is both "graphic" and "indistinguishable." Both of these words were clearly defined by legislators in the act. Simplified definitions referred to content which was visually viewable and which could not be readily distinguished by viewers as not containing depiction of real children. In addition, much of the presented material, when translated for the United States market, had removed scenes of children being depicted, or stated that the outwardly childlike appearance did not reflect the actual age of the character (a much more common trait in hentai material in particular). This change is rapidly affecting sources such as the Internet as well as adult bookstores which would readily have it available.

The new act seemed to be primarily and rather specifically aimed at addressing realistic appearing computer generated depictions of minors in sexual situation or engaging in sexual act. The definition by law makers went on to state quite clearly: "This definition does not apply to depictions that are drawings, cartoons, sculptures, or paintings depicting minors or adults", U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 2256 [1].

By October 2008[2], the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund became involved in a case defending an Iowan comic collector named Christopher Handley, with Eric Chase of the group operating as his legal consultant.[3] This is related to obscenity charges involving pornography depicting minors, being applied to a fictional comic book. Judge Gritzner was petitioned to drop some of the charges.[4] The motion was initially heard on June 24, 2008 [5] but was not widely publicized prior to the Fund's involvement.

Canada

Cartoon pornography is illegal in Canada if it depicts any characters of the human or inhuman species under the age of 18, including fictional ones.[6]

Australia

A recent court case in Australia has found a man possessing cartoon pornography involving the characters Bart, Lisa and Marge from The Simpsons guilty after the images were described as Child Pornography. According to the judge of the court case, the "purpose of anti-child pornography legislation was to stop sexual exploitation and child abuse where images of "real" children were depicted" and that the images could "fuel demand for material that does involve the abuse of children." [7] [8]

Germany

Virtual child pornography can be punished with up to 5 years in prison in Germany, German prosecutors investigated the video Second Life because of some people role playing as underage characters with virtual underage avatars. [9]

United Kingdom

The Coroners and Justice Bill (which came into force on 6 April 2010) criminalises all sexual images of under 18s (including non-realistic depictions), as well as images of adults where the predominant impression conveyed is that the person shown is under 18 despite the fact that some of the physical characteristics shown are not those of a person under 18.[10]

Sweden

The Uppsala district court punished a manga translator with a monetary fine and probation for possession of fanart computer images, deemed by the court to be underage. [11][12]

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Notes

External links

  • MSNBC Part 1 & 2 by Mike Brunker








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