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Is it illegal to have sexually graphic photos developed in virginia?

Asked by themherme (191points) June 1st, 2008

Just wondering if it is illegal to have sexually explicit pictures developed in virginia.

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jrpowell's avatar

I can’t say for sure about Virginia. But I worked in a photo lab that did most of the overnight photos for the Pacific Northwest and porn was OK. (and people do make copies and take them home) If I stumbled across kiddie porn the cops would be there in ten minutes. That only happened a few times. :-(

I worked for Kodak and they have labs across the country. I assume the same policies are nation wide. And we actually went through a bit of training to help us know when something was illegal.

But the only way to be safe is to call the photo lab and/or the local police department and ask. You could always run into some uptight asshole that will complain. I saw people destroy film because they didn’t like the content of the pictures.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I tried to research this.. here’s what I came up with:

- It’s illegal to produce, assist in producing, model for, or otherwise have anything to do with the production of “obscene materials” in the state of Virginia if you have the intent to distribute or sell those materials. To the State, “distribute” means anything from mass distribution to you physically handing the photo over to someone else.

- It doesn’t appear to be illegal to have the photos developed if you intend to keep them for yourself only. (VA codes pertaining to sex)

I think some photo places have a policy of discarding any sexually explicit photos, others will turn a blind eye. I’m not really sure I would develop said photos of myself or my partner at a photo shop.. they can and do print themselves off extra copies of photos they particularly like.

As an aside, during this research, I discovered this gem in the VA law codes: “If any persons, not married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or, whether married or not, be guilty of open and gross lewdness and lasciviousness, each of them shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor; and upon a repetition of the offense, and conviction thereof, each of them shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.” (VA Code ยง 18.2–345)

chaosrob's avatar

Would a digital camera be an option at all?Or possibly if you have a scanner with a transparency adapter, you can scan some negatives and just print your own?

themherme's avatar

Lol I thought about that, this was one wild night with us at a hotel and it was a spur of the moment “run to 7–11 and get a camara, we gotta get this on film.” Sorta thing lol

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