Unfortunately, there is no government list of legal and illegal websites. And, unfortunately, the definition of pornography is not so clear that there can be 100% safety if you want to push the limits of the definition. As one Supreme Court justice
reputedly said when frustrated at trying to come up with a written definition of pornography, "I know it when I see it."
You can make a few general assumptions here.
It is not safe to go to pay sites and look at pictures. They have your financial records. If they are taken down by authorities, so too will be your records, and thus, so will you.
If children are posed nude, you may be at risk.
The younger the child depicted, the greater the risk (sentencing under the federal law depends on the age of the child depicted, with the harshest sentences
going for pre-pubescent children).
If children are posed in sexual positions, you are definitely at risk.
If children are posed nude and in a provocative pose, especially one which shows genitalia or pubic area, you are definitely at risk.
If it shows sexual conduct, including masturbation, intercourse, bestiality, sadism or masochism, you are definitely at risk.
Drawings, cartoons, sculptures, or paintings are safe. Computer
simulations that look real or close to real are not safe.
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