Edwards took his case to the Court of Appeal, arguing he shouldn’t have served actual jail time because most of the images were graphic representations or cartoons of children.
His lawyer argued the material was a «victimless crime» because no children were used in depicting them.
However, the Court of Appeal on Tuesday rejected this argument, saying the cartoons still normalise exploitative behaviour and fuel the demand for such material.
The court also noted that 33 images and videos viewed by Edwards involved real children being abused.
«The sentence imposed on the applicant cannot be demonstrated to be manifestly excessive,» Justice Philip Morrison wrote in his judgment.