State laws on Internet pornography have evolved rapidly. Prior to the rise in popularity of the Internet, most states already had laws on the books regulating age limits for purchasing pornography as well as statutes criminalizing child pornography. Many legislatures saw a need for legislation to respond to the vicissitudes of new technology. The First Amendment protects your right to communicate legal adult content to the public. However, the law prohibits distribution of obscene material and child pornography.
The laws of Canada permit the sale of hardcore pornography to anyone over the age of eighteen. While persons below that age may have pornography in their possession, its sale to them is prohibited. Most hardcore pornography is sold in adult stores or on adult websites. This means that British citizens have been able to access content on sites overseas without breaking any laws, except for child pornography.  However, adult pornography that falls under the Government's classification of "extreme pornography" became illegal to possess as of January 26, , carrying a three-year prison sentence.
Even so, in order to view porn on the Internet legally in Texas, a person must: Be 18 years or older, which constitutes an adult under Texas law Only view material depicting consenting adults aged 18 or over Not give pornographic material to minors under age Internet pornography is a battlefield in U.S. law. Since the explosion of public interest in the Net in the s, the public, lawmakers, and the courts have argued over how to control online porn. Congress and state legislatures have passed several laws aimed at protecting children from exposure to socalled cyber porn, but the most sweeping of these have often failed to pass constitutional tests.