We're Not Doing Enough to End Revenge Porn
A new California law just doesn't go far enough: Slate's Emily Bazelon
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Imagine one day you found that the entire first page of Google results for your name consisted of nude photos leaked online by a bitter ex. What would you do? In most states, you'd have no legal recourse, writes Emily Bazelon at Slate. "This can't be right—revenge porn cannot be allowed to be a harm without a remedy." A new California law tries to address the problem, but it puts the onus on prosecutors to prove the poster intended to inflict emotional harm.

Instead, the law should recognize "posting a sexual photo without consent as an objectively harmful invasion of privacy." We should go after sites that host the images, too. Right now, they're protected from users' misdeeds by the Communications Decency Act. But exceptions to that law exist for copyright infringement and child porn, so why not revenge porn? Opponents of such crackdowns cite free-speech concerns, but one law professor has another explanation: "We're still trivializing harm against women." Click for the full column.

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steve_davis
Sep 28, 2013 6:12 PM CDT
My douche-bag brother likes to take pictures of people when they sleep...I think that should be illegal....I'd also like to knock his head in and maybe I'll get the chance some day soon. I HOPE!!!
jamescraig2000
Sep 27, 2013 8:55 AM CDT
You don't have to be doing anything naughty for someone to post something disgusting about you. Girl might be lifting up her sweater to show a t-shirt underneath but someone photoshops a topless body over it. So its not a case of you got what you deserve, its cyber-bullying and distortion.
Tabbico
Sep 27, 2013 7:08 AM CDT
How about don't pose nude for your boyfriend's photo op in the first place? Never know when any action you take will come back to bite you.