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Law Summary

Pornography is illegal.

Full Text of the Law

The following laws apply:

Section 292(a): Whoever sells, lets to hire, distributes, publicly exhibits or in any manner puts into circulation, or for purposes of sale, hire, distribution, public exhibition or circulation, makes, produces, or has in his possession any obscene book, pamphlet, paper, drawing, painting, representation or figure, or any other obscene object whatsoever shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 months, or with fine, or with both.


Undesirable Publications Act (Chapter 338, 1998 Edition)

Section 11: Any person who ?

(a) makes or reproduces, or makes or reproduces for the purposes of sale, supply, exhibition or distribution to any other person;

(b) imports or has in his possession for the purposes of sale, supply, exhibition or distribution to any other person; or

(c) sells, offers for sale, supplies, offers to supply, exhibits or distributes to any other person,
any obscene publication... knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the publication to be obscene shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.


Films Act (Chapter 107, 1998 Edition)

Section 30 ? (1) Any person who has in his possession any obscene film shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $500 for each such film he had in his possession (but not to exceed in the aggregate $20,000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

(2) Any person who has in his possession any obscene film knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the film to be obscene shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction ?

(a) to a fine of $1,000 for each such film in his possession (but not to exceed in the aggregate $40,000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both; and

(b) in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine of not less than $2,000 for each such film in his possession (but not to exceed in the aggregate $80,000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.


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