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Pennsylvania. Is the exchange of content (of an adult nature, including strong language) consentually between two individuals via the internet using instant messaging a violation of any internet or communications laws? Also, is it legal to 'sell' such content?


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Obviously one factor would be the age of the parties (if one is a minor that's a definite crime) and the nature and character of the content (again, if it involves a minor, jail time).

The laws are in place, and prosecutorial discretion is so powerful (for example, under Attorney General Reno there were few if any prosecutions) that lots of things violate the letter of the laws. And Ashcroft has said he intends to vigorously enforce them. You'd need explicit legal advice. And this is not a place to get that.

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