Home > News > California Senate Passes Revenge Porn Bill • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


California Senate Passes Revenge Porn Bill

California Senate Passes Revenge Porn Bill
Get XBIZ News
Aug 16, 2013 7:00 AM PDT    Text size: 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The full California Senate approved a bill criminalizing revenge porn yesterday, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.

The bill, also known as SB 255, passed the Senate, 37-1. Only Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco issued a “no vote” due to his and the ACLU’s concern that the law might interfere with free speech.

It will now be passed along to the Assembly for a similar policy and fiscal review process.  

SB 255, introduced by state Sen. Anthony Cannella, would amend Section 653.2 of  the Penal Code and make it a crime to "cause substantial emotional distress or humiliation" to others by distributing over the Internet nude images of them along with personal identifying information.

The online proliferation of explicit images without the subject’s consent, along with personal information like phone numbers, home town and social media links, is the essence of revenge porn, a recent phenomenon that has caused significant psychological harm to its victims.

Under the new bill, offenders may be charged with a misdemeanor and face one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.  

Cannella’s Communications Director Jeff Macedo told XBIZ that Cannella and his team are “hopeful” that the bill will pass the Assembly before the legislative year concludes Sept. 13.

He also said that bill is classified as an "urgency bill," meaning that it will become law as soon as it signed by the govenor, where it will head if it passes the Assembly.  

Other countries, including Canada and Scotland, have considered developing their own legislative measures to combat revenge porn.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Porn ‘Public Health Crisis’ Is False, Dangerous

We are witnessing the early stages of a moral panic, the likes of which we have not seen since the Reagan Administration. As I write this, there are 27 states in the process of passing mandatory porn... More »

The Skinny on the New DMCA Requirement

The requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have changed, but the sky is not falling. We have, even as a law firm, been hit with an unbelievable amount of spam sent out by law firms... More »

2017 Outlook: Legal Matters Around the Corner

The adult entertainment business’ legal community recently weighed in the top issues that companies and the industry, as a whole, should be concerned about. XBIZ asked industry attorneys to discuss... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.


XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup

May 04 - May 04
Prague, Czech Republic

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!