Due to the international nature of the Internet, the legal status of 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 pornography , the 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. New technology that aids those who produce this material include inexpensive digital cameras and Internet distribution has made it easier than ever before to produce and distribute child pornography. The producers of child pornography try to avoid prosecution by distributing their material across national borders, though this issue is increasingly being addressed with regular arrests of suspects from a number of countries occurring over the last few years.
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The UK government has put extensive protections in place to ensure that the general public — particularly those under the age of 18 years old — are not adversely affected by pornography. The protections form part of a wider government effort to censor certain harmful information and materials on the Internet and elsewhere, such as copyright violations, libellous communications, depiction of animal abuse, terroristic propaganda and literature, and other extreme text, images, videos, and audio files. The purpose of this guide from our expert criminal defence solicitors is to give you an overview of some of the main laws relating to one such potentially harmful material: pornography.