Below we have provided some explanation of terms used in the Pennsylvania law on sexting.
Disseminate - When one person, place, or electronic communication device makes a communication to two or more people, places, or electronic communication devices. The key part is that it involves sending something to two or more others. So, for instance, it could be a person texting or e-mailing an image or video to two or more friends. It could also be a person passing out something on paper to a group of people.
Distribute - To deliver or pass out.
Electronic communication - Communication that includes text, images or video, sounds, or any kind of data that's transmitted using a device like a phone, computer, or radio.
Knowingly possess - The deliberate, purposeful, voluntary possession of a sexually explicit image of another minor who is 12 years of age or older. The term does not include the accidental or inadvertent possession of such an image.
Knowingly views - The deliberate, purposeful, voluntary viewing of a sexually explicit image of another minor who is 12 years of age or older. The term does not include the accidental or inadvertent viewing of such an image.
Nudity - There are several ways nudity is defined.
Showing a person's genitals, pubic area, or butt when they're uncovered, or covered by a transparent material.
Showing a girl's breast, anywhere from the nipple down, when uncovered, or covered by a transparent material.
Showing an image of male genitals when aroused, even when covered.
Publish - To issue for distribution.
Sexually explicit image - A visual depiction of a minor's genitals, pubic area, breast or butt or nudity, if the nudity is depicted for the purpose of sexual stimulation or gratification of any person who might view it.
Transmit - When one person, place, or electronic communication device makes a communication to only one other person, place, or electronic communication device.
Visual depiction - A representation by picture, including, but not limited to, a photograph, videotape, film or computer image.