Proposed "Revenge Porn" Bill Would Make Releasing Your Sex Tape a Felony

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Ever think about uploading that sex tape you made with your ex to the Internet?  Well, you might want to think twice about it if you live in Florida, because victims of "revenge porn" soon may not have to take it, uh, lying down anymore. There's a bill working its way through Tallahassee to make it a felony to publish that nude photo or video you have stashed in your bed's box spring.

House Bill 787, which has already passed through two subcommittees, was penned by a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy named Daniel Ogden, who says he was inspired by victims of Internet harassment coming forward.

"This is about a person posting an image that has no legitimate purpose but to harass a victim by associating it to their name, their social media with their personal identifiers," he tells MyFox Orlando. "It puts them at risk; it puts them at emotional distress from the [effects] of these postings."

If passed, the "Computer of Electronic Device Harassment" bill would make such an act a third-degree felony and carry up to five years in jail -- not to mention make it impossible to ever get a girlfriend to make a sex tape ever again.

Not everyone believes this bill would work, though. Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, tells the International Business Times the terms of the bill could be perhaps "too narrow" in how it defines "consent."

"If a woman's skirt blows up in the wind and she is not wearing anything underneath, can an image of her be posted to an up-skirt porn site? What about mothers breast-feeding in public? Is a public bathroom public? What about a changing room in a department store?" Franks asks.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tom Goodson from Titusville, heads to the full Judiciary Committee next.

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16 comments
Jennifer Creation
Jennifer Creation

Richard- the proposed bill is not just for "revenge porn", it would also affect the cases Claudia mentioned. "Computer or Electronic Device Harassment; Prohibiting knowing use of a computer or other device to transmit or post any photograph or video of an individual which depicts nudity and specified information relating to the depicted individual for the purpose of harassment; providing enhanced penalties for violations by persons 18 years of age or older involving victims younger than 16 years of age, etc." http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/0946

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Like the legislature has nothing else to do...please.

Richard Advocat
Richard Advocat

Amanda Todd wasnt the victim of revenge porn, she put that stuff out there herself. She was a victim of bullying and lack of parental supervision, not "revenge porn"

Andrew J. Herrero
Andrew J. Herrero

I'd like to see how they will be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone purposely released intimate photos of someone. It's not that I don't agree with this legislation (though it is a waste of time), I just think in the age of computer hackers and everyone being connected through the internet, one could not just argue that their machine was compromised and the photos taken?

Claudia Mattos
Claudia Mattos

Amanda Todd, the Steubenville victim, and Rehtaeh Parsons, among countless others -- yes, clearly this is a trivial matter.

Andrew Fuentes
Andrew Fuentes

I love this state! Screw immigration. Screw the environment. Screw equal rights. Screw election reform. Clearly, this is the most important issue.

Casey RA
Casey RA

Yep. This is the most important issue they can tackle. Absolutely.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

the way they are wording it You could basically be charged with a felony for making a meme...

Rod Deal
Rod Deal

Tell them to get a life.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

holy crap this is what legislators are wasting our money on..

Ruy Rodriguez
Ruy Rodriguez

Take my fucking guns but don't touch my porn, bro.

Richard Advocat
Richard Advocat

How's this for a solution? If you are worried about a sex tape ending up on the Internet, don't make one.

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