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Revenge porn set to be outlawed in California where people who upload demeaning videos could be jailed

Revenge: Those convicted of posting pornographic images of former lovers online could be jailed for up to six months

  • Legislation to tackle growing problem of 'revenge porn' being considered
  • Spurned lovers who post graphic images of ex face prison sentences
  • Those convicted of malicious intent could also be fined $1,000
  • A leading campaign group hopes other states are now going to follow suit

 

Posting explicit images of an ex-partner online could be about to be outlawed under a groundbreaking new law designed to tackle the growing problem of 'revenge porn'.

Under new legislation being considered by the California Assembly, scorned lovers who post pornographic images of their former partners could face up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000 if convicted.

Currently it is difficult to prosecute people who share graphic images of their lover online without their permission, but that would change with the new bill, provided it could be proved the material was shared 'with the intent to cause serious emotional distress'.

Revenge: Those convicted of posting pornographic images of former lovers online could be jailed for up to six months

Revenge: Those convicted of posting pornographic images of former lovers online could be jailed for up to six months

 

Legislative director of the California State Sheriff's Association, Nick Warner, welcomed the move to tackle those who post pictures and video online in an attempt to embarrass and humiliate their ex girlfriends, boyfriends and spouses.

He said: ‘It’s happening with increasing frequency. I didn’t even know what the phrase meant a year ago.’

California’s Senate Public Safety Committee approved the bill yesterday.

 

It has been sponsored by Republican senator Anthony Canella, who said: ‘We had some victims come forward and we did some research and we felt it was something important to address.’

Mr Canella added there are even websites in operation that charge victims to take down explicit photos they repost.

Victims: Senator Anthony Canella has sponsored the bill believing it was 'important' the matter was addressed

Victims: Senator Anthony Canella has sponsored the bill believing it was 'important' the matter was addressed

 

Holly Jacobs has been trying to ban the practice with her campaign End Revenge Porn. She herself was a victim when an ex-boyfriend posted naked images of her after they split up.

She has been working with Mr Canella on the making the bill as effective as possible in protecting victims.

According to Buzzfeed, Ms Jacobs wrote in an email‘I have made every effort to ensure that it is worded in such a way as to provide the appropriate protection to victims while being careful not to impose on First Amendment rights.’

She added: 'If this bill ultimately becomes a law, I am confident and excited about the prospect that other states will follow suit and pass their own bills to outlaw revenge porn.'

Hopeful: Founder of campaign End Revenge Porn Holly Jacobs has worked closely with Mr Canella

Hopeful: Founder of campaign End Revenge Porn Holly Jacobs has worked closely with Mr Canella

 

The current wording of the bill does not protect those who take explicit pictures of themselves and post them online, but Ms Jacobs is hoping the bill will be extended on Friday to cover these people too.

The ACLU originally opposed the bill on the grounds that posting content, even if offensive, is ‘constitutionally protected,’  according to the Los Angeles Times.

Communications strategist for Northern California Shanelle Matthews said: ‘We’ll review the final amendments once they’ve been made and decide on a position, if any, then.’

THE RISE OF REVENGE PORN SITES HAS LED TO HUMILIATION FOR MANY

Illegal: Publishing embarrassing images could soon be illegal

Illegal: Publishing embarrassing images could soon be illegal

 

Websites such as the now defunct IsAnyoneUp.com made their name by the dubious practice of 'revenge porn'.

Set up by Hunter Moore, the site was eventually bought by anti-bullying campaigner and CEO of Bullyville.com, James McGibney, who later closed it down.

Kayla Laws, a 25-year-old aspiring actress, claimed nude photos of her ended up on IsAnyoneUp.com, though she said she never sent them to anyone.

At the time, she had said: 'It ruins everything I've built up for myself.'

Moore, who is based in Los Angeles, had earned up to $20,000 each month from his site, attracting more than 300,000 hits across the globe each day.

Subscribers would publish their ex-partner's pictures, their names and links to the social networking sites - all without their permission.

They would then inevitably be ridiculed and often forced to shut down their profiles.

Constantly threatened with legal action by people whose pictures appeared, he was also warned by Facebook because many of the photographs were lifted from the site.

He reportedly ignored a cease and desist letter from the web giant, and said he sent the social networking site's lawyers a picture of his genitals in reply.

 

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Comment by Lenny Sportshake on August 31, 2013 at 11:29am
Here is another law to perpetuate stupidity in the great big full of s*** USA
Comment by Big Woman on August 30, 2013 at 4:33pm
At least wear a mask when you're doing it! Lol!
Comment by carolyn johnson on August 29, 2013 at 6:01pm

great

Comment by Bombahdrop on August 29, 2013 at 1:13pm
Lolz
Comment by Bombahdrop on August 29, 2013 at 1:13pm
There You Go mr fix, Stop tek of unno clothes, is what dem haffi do
Comment by mr fix on August 28, 2013 at 11:11pm

How about stop recording yourself pornographicly then you won't have this problem 

Comment by Pernell Beatty on August 28, 2013 at 9:37pm
I surely hope that the images used in this story is not what they consider porn. :-/ Geez
Comment by islandman61 on August 28, 2013 at 4:47pm
About time someone did something

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