I am writing a research paper, and am confused regarding the exact wording of the law.
As I understand it, 18 USC 1462 criminalizes the transportation and receipt of obscenity:
Whoever brings into the United States, or any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof, or knowingly uses any express company or other common carrier or interactive computer service (as defined in section 230(e)(2) 1 of the Communications Act of 1934), for carriage in interstate or foreign commerce [...a list of what is illegal...]
and further criminalizes
Whoever knowingly takes or receives, from such express company or other common carrier or interactive computer service of the Communications Act of 1934) any matter or thing the carriage or importation of which is herein made unlawful
Does this second quote mean that it is illegal for individuals to view obscene material depicting adults online, or merely that they cannot receive obscene material depicting adults online that they have paid for (interstate/foreign commerce)?