Quick Note: California Passes Law Banning "Revenge Porn"
October 3, 2013 11:49 AM
It goes into effect immediately
A new California law has made it illegal to post "revenge porn" online, which is an extension from a previous law that bans
sexually explicit photos
or video images taken of a person without their consent or knowledge.
The new law, which passed both houses of the Democratic-led state legislature last month and was signed into law Tuesday, will make it a misdemeanor for those who post revenge porn -- or sexual pictures/video taken (usually by a former spouse or ex-lover) and
posted on the Internet
to humiliate exes.
The law goes into effect immediately, and violators face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for a first offense.
"Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims," said state Senator Anthony Cannella, the legislation's chief sponsor. "Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted."
Sexually explicit content has been a big topic this year, especially in the United Kingdom, where its target is a little less focused. Instead of banning specific types of porn, the UK wants all porn to be off-limits unless users
opt in for it
through their Internet service provider (ISP).
referred to the latest California legislation as the "first of its kind."
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