Something I have always wondered was if pornography was legal. If it is, how? What I have learned on the subject is that the answer is complicated. Most pornography is legal, but not all. There are two types of pornography: one type is considered indecent, and the other is obscene. Indecent is your typical pornography, and what is legal for adults to buy, sell, and own, because it is protected be the First Amendment. Obscene, however, is not protected by the first amendment, and is illegal in the eyes of the federal law and most state laws. It typically consists of child pornography, animal abuse, or violence associated with sex. You may legally have it in the privacy of your own home, but that is the extent of it. To have it even delivered by an outside source, such as mail, it's illegal until in your own private possession. If pornography is brought to court, a judge gets to decide whether it is obscene or indecent. To be seen as guilty in association with obscene pornography can lead to years of jail time.