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'Revenge Porn' Law Bans Posting Nude Photos of Your Ex in California

By Adam Ramirez on October 02, 2013 2:19 PM

California passed a first-of-its-kind state law outlawing "revenge porn," the distribution of private, explicit photos or video of other people on the Internet to humiliate them.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law (attached below) that makes it a misdemeanor to post images online after breakups. Offenders may face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for a first offense.

Senate Bill 255, which takes effect immediately, makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation.

"Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims," the bill's author, Sen. Anthony Cannella, said in a statement. "Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted."

Revenge Porn Law Bans Posting Nude Photos of Your Ex in California

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