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Illinois: AG introduces bill clarifying prohibited use of AI in pornography

On April 2, 2024, the Illinois Attorney General (AG) announced the introduction of House Bill 4623 amending the Criminal Code, among other things. On the same day, the bill passed the Judiciary Criminal Committee in the House of Representatives.

What are the main provisions of the bill?

In particular, the bill introduces Section 11-23.7 to the Illinois Criminal Code, regarding non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit digitized depictions.

The bill includes in the definition of 'sexually explicit digitized depiction' any image, photograph, film, video, digital recording, or other depiction or portrayal that has been created, altered, or otherwise modified to realistically depict the intimate parts of another human being or the depicted individual engaging in sexual activity in which the depicted individual did not engage.

Moreover, the bill provides that 'child pornography' includes the depiction of a part of an actual child under the age of 18 who, by manipulation, creation, or modification, prohibits non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit digitized depictions of children.

You can read the bill here, track its progress here, and read the AG's press release here.

Update: April 22, 2024

Bill passes House and read in Senate

On April 19, 2024, the bill was first read in the State Senate and referred to the Assignments Committee. This follows the bill's passage with amendments in the House of Representatives on April 16, 2024.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: June 3, 2024

Bill passes Senate

On May 26, 2024, the bill passed its third reading in the Senate, thus passing both Houses.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.