§91.14. Unlawful distribution of material harmful to minors through the Internet
A.(1) Any person or entity in Louisiana that publishes material harmful to minors
on the Internet shall, prior to permitting access to the material, require any person attempting
to access the material to electronically acknowledge and attest that the person seeking to
access the material is eighteen years of age or older.
(2) The failure to comply with the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection
shall constitute the unlawful distribution of material harmful to minors through the Internet.
(3) If a person or entity in Louisiana publishes material harmful to minors on the
Internet and complies with the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the person or
entity shall not be held liable under the provisions of this Section if the person seeking to
access the material is under the age of eighteen and falsely acknowledges and attests that he
is eighteen years of age or older.
(4) No Internet service provider, interactive computer service provider as defined by
47 U.S.C. 230(f), or radio or television broadcast licensee of the Federal Communications
Commission shall be deemed to be a publisher or distributor of material harmful to minors
that is provided by another person.
(5) This Section shall not apply to any bona fide news or public interest broadcast,
website, video, report, or event and shall not be construed to affect the rights of any news-gathering organization.
B. For purposes of this Section:
(1) "Descriptions or depictions of illicit sex or sexual immorality" includes the
depiction, display, description, exhibition, or representation of any of the following:
(a) Ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual, simulated, or animated, whether
between human beings, animals, or an animal and a human being.
(b) Masturbation, excretory functions, or exhibition, actual, simulated, or animated,
of the genitals, pubic hair, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples.
(c) Sadomasochistic abuse, meaning actual, simulated, or animated, flagellation or
torture by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in a costume which
reveals the pubic hair, anus, vulva, genitals, or female breast nipples, or the condition of
being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained, on the part of one so clothed.
(d) Actual, simulated, or animated, touching, caressing, or fondling of, or other
similar physical contact with, a pubic area, anus, female breast nipple, covered or exposed,
whether alone or between human, animals, or a human and an animal, of the same or
opposite sex, in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification.
(e) Actual, simulated, or animated, stimulation of the human genital organs by any
device whether or not the device is designed, manufactured, and marketed for that purpose.
(2) "Material harmful to minors" is defined as any digital image, photograph, or
video which exploits, is devoted to or principally consists of, descriptions or depictions of
illicit sex or sexual immorality for commercial gain, and when the trier of fact determines
that each of the following applies:
(a) The material incites or appeals to or is designed to incite or appeal to the prurient,
shameful, or morbid interest of minors.
(b) The material is offensive to the average adult applying contemporary community
standards with respect to what is suitable for minors.
(c) The material taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific
value for minors.
(3) "News-gathering organization" means all of the following:
(a) A newspaper, or news publication, printed or electronic, of current news and
intelligence of varied, broad, and general public interest, having been published for a
minimum of one year and that can provide documentation of membership in a statewide or
national press association, as represented by an employee thereof who can provide
documentation of his employment with the newspaper, wire service, or news publication.
(b) A radio broadcast station, television broadcast station, cable television operator,
or wire service as represented by an employee thereof who can provide documentation of
C. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined up to ten thousand
Acts 2015, No. 187, §1.