I didnt actually know this was illegal here in sweden until this case came up, but recently a man who works as a translator and is basically an authority on manga and anime got convicted in a swedish court for owning child pornography, due to having *drawings* of said porn on his computer. about 50 or so images were deemed illegal out of the rather substantial collection the man had of manga and anime images.
This is just insane troll logic How the hell can a completely fictional account of a crime, such as having sex with someone underaged, be criminal? It boggles my fragile little mind, it really does.
On the swedish police homepage the following definitions on the subject can be read, with licence for my translation, but i think im fluent enough not to make errors that affect the meaning of the paragraph:
"digitalised drawings and animated pictures and movies which depict children in pornographic situations are to be considered child pornography. the restriction on depicting and posession does not apply to the person drawing or painting such an image if it is not made available for others."
in an earlier paragraph the homepage of the swedish police describes child pornography thus:
"The police believe that every child pornographic image or movie is a documented abuse of a child and should be treated as a record of a criminal offense . / Criteria is that the image is pornographic and shows a child. With children referred to a person whose pubertal development is not complete or when it is clear from the picture and circumstances, are under 18 years. "
So, aside from the personal reflection that making all pictures of people below 18 in sexual situations child pornography is a bit weird, as its legal for people to have sex with their partner from the age of 15, but if they film it, thats child porn, i have to wonder how a cartoon image is a documented abuse of a child?
I hope higher courts over here rectify the matter, as i think this particular part of child pornography laws have not been tried before. the alternative is scary.