Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Posting "Revenge Porn" is Now a Misdemeanor in California

PC 647(l) took effect in California yesterday.  That law makes it a misdemeanor to post online, distribute or otherwise disseminate nude photos of your ex.

Anyone convicted under this section could face up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the first offense, with the penalty doubled for a second offense.

The bill, proposed by Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), was signed by Gov. Brown and takes effect immediately.  It provides, in relevant part, the following:

"...that any person who photographs or records by any means the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person, under circumstances where the parties agree or understand that the image shall remain private, and the person subsequently distributes the image taken, with the intent to cause serious emotional distress, and the depicted person suffers serious emotional distress, is guilty of disorderly conduct."