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Jerry Brown signs ‘revenge porn’ bill

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm in Jerry Brown.

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.

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  • RRSenileColumnist

    Any of it on YouTube? Me wanna see!

  • Elwood

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