- Whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest,
- Whether the material depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by law; and,
- Whether the material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. (This part of the test is governed by national, not community, standards.)
Pornography is not the same as obscenity. Pornography has no legal meaning; it is normally used to refer to sexually explicit material that may or may not qualify as obscene. Similarly, obscenity and indecency are not co-extensive. Decency is a standard used in the regulation of broadcast media to protect minors, and is not part of the Miller test.
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