Sunday, March 02, 2014

Virginia passes revenge porn bill, seems fairly narrowly tailored

The Virginia general assembly has passed a “revenge porn” bill, HB 326 and HB49, authored by Marcus Simon.  The bill makes it illegal to post a sexually explicit image of another online without the other person’s consent.  The text of the bill is here.

Someone could be prosecuted if the actual photograph or image was created in Virginia or posted from an IP address in Virginia.
  
The law does seem to be pretty narrow in what it considers sexually explicit.

It also does not appear to hold service providers responsible, which has been an issue with similar laws proposed in Illinois and possibly California.  Tennessee had mentioned "emotional distress" in its bill. 
   
The bill was mentioned on NBCWashington early Sunday morning.  

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