por·nog·ra·phy /pȯr-'nä-grə-fē/ n: material that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement
◇ Pornographic material is protected expression unless it is determined to be obscene. However, child pornography is illegal under federal and state laws prohibiting the depiction of minors in sexual acts.
por·nog·ra·pher /pȯr-'nä-grə-fər/ n
por·no·graph·ic /ˌpȯr-nə-'gra-fik/ adj
por·no·graph·i·cal·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun bawdiness, curiosa, erotica, filth, indecency, lewdness, lubricity, obscene art, obscene literature, obscenity, prurience, salaciousness, salacity, smut, vulgarity associated concepts: censorship, First Amendment rights II index obscenity

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Literature, photography, or other printed or visual material that depicts sex organs or sexual activity, intended to cause erotic stimulation rather than education.
pornographic See also obscene, prurient interest

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Photographs, films, books, or other material depicting erotic or sexual acts designed to cause sexual arousal. Pornography is protected by the First Amendment free speech provisions unless it is found to be obscene.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. Media or photographs showing erotic or sexual behavior in a way designed to cause sexual arousal. Pornography is protected by the free speech provision of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, unless it is found to be obscene.
See also obscenity.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The representation in books, magazines, photographs, films, and other media of scenes of sexual behavior that are erotic or lewd and are designed to arouse sexual interest.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The representation in books, magazines, photographs, films, and other media of scenes of sexual behavior that are erotic or lewd and are designed to arouse sexual interest.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   pictures and/or writings of sexual activity intended solely to excite lascivious feelings of a particularly blatant and aberrational kind, such as acts involving children, animals, orgies, and all types of sexual intercourse. The printing, publication, sale and distribution of "hard core" pornography is either a felony or misdemeanor in most states. Since determining what is pornography and what is "soft core" and "hard core" are subjective questions to judges, juries and law enforcement officials, it is difficult to define, since the law cases cannot print examples for the courts to follow.
   See also: obscene

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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