Coroners and Justice Act (part 2, chapter 2)

This legislation goes against freedom of speech and artistic expression. 'Virtual child pornography' is just that – it does not involve real children directly (as in a photograph) or indirectly (as in a pseudo-photograph), both of which are illegal under other, earlier legislation. It is a completely victimless crime, unless you count the person being accused of it!

It is also very confusingly worded and subjective, such as the definition of a 'child'. How do you differentiate, for example, between a cartoon picture of a legal 18 year old and an illegal 17 year old?

Why is this idea important?

This legislation goes against freedom of speech and artistic expression. 'Virtual child pornography' is just that – it does not involve real children directly (as in a photograph) or indirectly (as in a pseudo-photograph), both of which are illegal under other, earlier legislation. It is a completely victimless crime, unless you count the person being accused of it!

It is also very confusingly worded and subjective, such as the definition of a 'child'. How do you differentiate, for example, between a cartoon picture of a legal 18 year old and an illegal 17 year old?