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Jerry Brown signs ‘revenge porn’ bill

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday that criminalizes “revenge porn” – the online sharing of what had been private photos.

SB 255 by state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Modesto, takes effect immediately, and those convicted of illegally distributing private images with the intent to harass or annoy will face six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

“I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing that this bill was needed. Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims,” Cannella said in a news release. “Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted.”

Cannella noted revenge porn often begins when relationships end, as vengeful or spiteful partners post without the victims’ knowledge what were once private photos taken with consent. Some websites even specialize in posting such materials, and charge subjects unreasonable fees to take down the illicit photos.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Any of it on YouTube? Me wanna see!

  • Elwood

    RR, you give dirty old men a bad name :)