Chapter 7.5. Obscene Matter - California Penal Code Section 311.1

311.1.  (a) Every person who knowingly sends or causes to be sent,
or brings or causes to be brought, into this state for sale or
distribution, or in this state possesses, prepares, publishes,
produces, develops, duplicates, or prints any representation of
information, data, or image, including, but not limited to, any film,
filmstrip, photograph, negative, slide, photocopy, videotape, video
laser disc, computer hardware, computer software, computer floppy
disc, data storage media, CD-ROM, or computer-generated equipment or
any other computer-generated image that contains or incorporates in
any manner, any film or filmstrip, with intent to distribute or to
exhibit to, or to exchange with, others, or who offers to distribute,
distributes, or exhibits to, or exchanges with, others, any obscene
matter, knowing that the matter depicts a person under the age of 18
years personally engaging in or personally simulating sexual conduct,
as defined in Section 311.4, shall be punished either by
imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, by a fine not to
exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and
imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison, by a fine not
to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by the fine and
   (b) This section does not apply to the activities of law
enforcement and prosecuting agencies in the investigation and
prosecution of criminal offenses or to legitimate medical,
scientific, or educational activities, or to lawful conduct between
   (c) This section does not apply to matter which depicts a child
under the age of 18, which child is legally emancipated, including
lawful conduct between spouses when one or both are under the age of
   (d) It does not constitute a violation of this section for a
telephone corporation, as defined by Section 234 of the Public
Utilities Code, to carry or transmit messages described in this
chapter or perform related activities in providing telephone

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