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Old 01-14-2019, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Musicat View Post
This may be analogous to the free speech question: if no human being is involved, such as in a cartoon, should depiction of illegal activities be permitted?

4th US Circuit Court once said an image is illegal if it appears to be Child Porn, even if computer-generated and no human being was ever photographed.

This decision was overturned by the Supreme Court (Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition).
It'll be interesting to see how and if this is revisited as deep learning allows for the creation of sexually explicit material that appears to be of specific minors using porn of adults and fully wholesome normal video of minors as training material.

It is not at all clear to me where the line should be drawn here.