California Outlaws “Revenge Porn”

revenge pornAs reported by CNET News:

Tempted to post a compromising photo of an ex-lover who spurned you?

A bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday promises up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for people “convicted of illegally distributing private images with the intent to harass or annoy.” Sponsored by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Senate Bill 255 goes into effect immediately and makes posting “revenge porn” a misdemeanor.

Such private photos are posted online, sometimes at multiple sites, without the subject’s knowledge or consent. Some sites that specialize in revenge porn photos charge the victim hefty fees to remove them.

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  • emperorreagan

    Misdemeanor and a thousand bucks is probably too lenient. Revenge porn permanently affects people’s livelihoods.

    Good luck if you’re a teacher and someone digs something up. Good luck doing your job if everyone in the office finds out you’re on a website.

  • Charlie Primero

    Here’s a wacky idea. Don’t make porn. Then nobody can use it against you.

    I do however understand that this idea is deeply UnAmerican. The American Way is to do whatever stupid things you can imagine, then have Big Mommy-Daddy government fix your mistakes at everyone else’s expense.

    My Grandfather could legally purchase pharmaceutical grade heroin over-the-counter at his local drug store (with needle kit included). He chose not to, and voluntarily gave assistance to help those who did.

  • DrDavidKelly

    These words don’t fit right porn/illegal/California. Should be a nice little money spinner.

  • http://generaldepravity.blogspot.com/ dragline

    How about instead stop making sex shameful, that will clear out a lot of problems in society in general. And in the way that isn’t designed to generate revenue for the state. Oh and who decides if it was posted with malicious intent or not? More needless, poorly thought out nanny state legislation.

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