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State laws on obscenity vary by state. Obscenity is highly subjective and is defined according to community standards. Lewdness is one of the crimes that falls under the category of obscenity. The words "obscene, lewd and lascivious" as used in the law, signify that form of immorality which has relation to sexual impurity and has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts. To be commit a criminally lewd act is generally defined as when a person:
Obscene matter is defined as acts or printed matter, film, or photographs which:
It may be a crime to possess, sell, distribute, or produce obscene material. Local laws need to be consulted for the applicable law and standards in your area.