Brown bans revenge porn in California

October 2, 2013

porn revengeGovernor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday banning the practice of posting graphic images or video of another person online with intent to cause emotional harm. [SacramentoBee]

Posting “revenge porn” can now land offenders in jail for six months and/or require payment of a $1000 fine. Penalties will double for the second offense.

Republican Senator Anthony Cannella, of Ceres, authored the bill. Canella said Senate Bill 255 intended to get the law up to speed with technology.

“Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims,” Canella said in a statement. “Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted.”

The bill passed the Senate 39-0 and the Assembly 77-1. Only Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly voted against the bill.

“Assemblyman Donnelly voted no on the bill because he didn’t believe there was a need for government to become further involved in what happens in people’s bedrooms,” Donnelly’s chief of staff Alex Vassar told technology news site Mashable.

The American Civil Liberties Union also opposed the bill. Civil liberties advocates said the bill served as an overly vague attempt to restrict online activity.

 


25 Comments

  1. Myself says:

    We should have banned Brown, this is the type of crud these elected servents come up with, they seem to not be able to do what the people want,or wish, for example the train to nowhere, we were lied to and don’t want it but yet these yaks continue to force us to have a go at it,instead of shutting that boondoggle down they come up with the revenge porn act, some days you just gotta wonder.

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  2. ironyman2000 says:

    Donnelly spews the same convoluted, misstated irrelevant, goofball non-logic so common
    to yer everyday wingnut. how he ever got elected only those who voted, or would have
    voted for Bachmann/Palin etal will ever know. But of course they can’t say because
    they are crazy.

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    • Cindy says:

      Donnelly is RIGHT ON. If you don’t want your naked ass posted on line, don’t pose for the camera.

      People need to take responsibility for their own idiotic behavior and making naked videos for a boyfriend who has no integrity is not our problem. Enough with the nanny gov. and how will they enforce this law anyway? All a creep has to do is to claim that someone stole or copied the video and posted it on line without their knowledge. This is absolutely the responsibility of the individual who allowed the video to be filmed in the first place.

      I was raised to never put anything in writing or allow any type of photo that I don’t want others to eventually see and I have always heeded that wisdom.

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      • abigchocoholic says:

        People need to take responsibility for their own idiotic behavior
        ———————
        Funny. Cindy wants women to stop being woman because…..er ah because…. er because it’s “idiotic”. 250,000 years of evolution where woman have been judged on their appearance and even judge each other on appearance and it needs to be wiped out because Cindy says it’s “idiotic”.

        All a creep has to do is to claim that someone stole or copied the video and posted it on line without their knowledge.
        ——————–
        You knowledge of forensic evidence is astoundingly poor.

        This is absolutely the responsibility of the individual who allowed the video to be filmed in the first place.
        —————————-
        Right up there with those slutty dressed women just asking to be raped, right?

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        • Cindy says:

          LOL, LOL, Perhaps this post isn’t your fault because after 250,000 years of so called evolution (is that all), you still can’t get your hormones into balance. Have some chocolate dear.

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          • abigchocoholic says:

            That’s called an ad hominem attack. It’s what people do when they have nothing substantive to say on an issue. If you don’t understand the nature of woman, try and understand this:

            The bill passed the Senate 39-0 and the Assembly 77-1.

            So learn to deal with it.

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  3. Rambunctious says:

    “Brown bans revenge porn in California” why not just ban porn.?

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    • ironyman2000 says:

      ’cause porn isn’t the issue, dufus.

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      • TruthFairy says:

        The courts have not been able to define ‘porn’. With that said, who is going to define ‘revenge porn’? Can’t define, but I know it when I see it, has not been good enough for court.
        Guess ccn may have some boundaries after all.

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  4. SandyK says:

    So I guess this means Governor Brown won’t be posting any old videos of Linda Ronstadt now…..or is this law to prevent her from posting old videos of him…hmmm.

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    • ironyman2000 says:

      stupit. unfunny. pointless.

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      • SandyK says:

        Well irondude I can see folks are certainly agreeing with you….NOT. He used to date Linda, I thought it might make some folks giggle, and I think I was right…all in fun. I’m a democrat too…JB himself would like it I bet…

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  5. rogerfreberg says:

    I hear a rumor that a couple of local elected officials really lobbied hard for this legislation.

    As a side note, I guess we all should be very grateful.

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  6. Pelican1 says:

    I think the victims can do a lot by simply NOT posting graphic videos or images of themselves through any form of social media.
    In this case, the problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution..

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    • r0y says:

      Good point! I was not sure where I’d stand on this, but anyone who let’s someone photo them (or video) – especially with a cellphone – is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier… however, we’d rather fall all over ourselves saying things like “that doesn’t mean they deserve this” – which is true.

      Just because one swims with sharks does not mean the sharks deserve to bite them.

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    • abigchocoholic says:

      I think the victims can do a lot by simply NOT posting graphic videos or images of themselves through any form of social media.
      ——————-
      Hah? The victims didn’t post. That’s the whole point. The porn was private and the partner posts the private porn to the public after the break up. Get it now?

      In this case, the problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution..
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      Just ask woman to attack her man and overpower him and take the camera out of his hand and ruin their relationship on the spot if she catches her man snapping a picture of her naked, right? That’s your solution? Good thing the legislature put a little more thought into this than you did.

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      • Pelican1 says:

        Your reasoning makes little sense. Knowing that their is a possibility that any digital image whether personal or not, COULD be posted in some sort of social media, should provide enough impetus to the potential victim to think twice before engaging in such behavior.
        Your example lacks merit, and simply characterizes a trust less relationship at best.
        As far as the legislature goes, at no time did I say this bill shouldn’t have been passed, I said, the so called victims could do a lot more by simply not allowing graphic images of them to be taken.
        Each person has to take responsibility for their behavior BEFORE we can ask government to step in and attempt to problem solve.

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  7. bobfromsanluis says:

    So the Republican candidate for governor has the same position on this law as the ACLU? Ouch, that won’t set too well with Tea Party voters, one might think.

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    • r0y says:

      Sorry to break it to you, bob, but many tea party people are members of both the NRA and the ACLU. Guess that ruins your little world.

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    • Theo P. Neustic says:

      Actually you’re wrong, again. I think that the government can’t even deal with simple matters such as the budget and yet they find time to stick their noses into everything else. If someone is dumb enough to allow someone else to take provocative pictures of themselves, then let the piece fall where they may.

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    • pasoparent5 says:

      Bob, why do you tend to bash the Right on every issue? Of course you realize that Republicans/conservatives/Tea Party peeps DO agree w/the ACLU sometimes, right?

      Many Republican lawmakers and others are joining an impressive array of individuals and organizations on the Left AND the Right who have filed briefs in support of the ACLU’s challenge to the massive surveillance program under which the NSA keeps a record of every phone call made or received in the United States.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/05/whos-backing-the-aclus-lawsuit-against-the-nsa-high-profile-conservatives

      As for Tim Donnelly’s position, I agree with him. Keep the government out of our bedrooms. If you don’t want to risk someone posting pics of you naked, for God’s sake–stop posing!

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      • BeenThereDoneThat says:

        I agree on the bashing at any chance. I mentioned that to him a week ago.

        Anyways something else on this. The state can’t even house the people we now have in prison, so they move them to county. Most people that might be sentenced to this, (porn revenge) would get six months. Those kinds of sentences are usually served in county. So here is Brown shoving all the prisoners to county and then he wants to sign this? Talk about stupidity!!

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  8. TaxMeAgain says:

    https://www.electtimdonnelly.com/

    Link for Tim Donnelly’s site, since the link here was broken.

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