Child pornography is an exception to First Amendment freedoms because it exploits and abuses our nation's youth. The latest trend in that industry is "virtual child" pornography. "Virtual child" pornography does not use real children or images of real identifiable children. When the object of desire is not a child, but merely a combination of millions of computer pixels crafted by a skilled artist, can the government ban this allegedly victimless creation?
Dannielle Cisneros, Virtual Child Pornography on the Internet: A “Virtual” Victim?, 1 Duke Law & Technology Review 1-8 (2002)