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Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 3 – Interpretation of section 2

20.Section 3 defines the meaning of certain terms for the purpose of section 2.

21.Subsection (2) provides definitions of “film” and “photograph”. Those terms include any material that was originally captured by photography or by making a recording of a moving image, whether or not it has been altered in any way. As such, the offence applies to digitally enhanced or manipulated photographs or films, but it does not apply to material that looks like a photograph or film but does not in fact contain any photographic element (for example, because it had been generated entirely by computer).

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