1st Amendment Poses Hurdle For NY 'Revenge Porn' Bills

Law360, New York (October 8, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT) -- The growing number of people who've seen explicit images of themselves posted online by former partners is driving an effort in New York to hold those who publish "revenge porn" criminally responsible, but experts say lawmakers must take care to pass a bill that can punish perpetrators and survive inevitable freedom-of-speech challenges.

The effort to craft a tough bill in Albany is gaining momentum just days after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state law making it a criminal offense to disseminate private pictures. Many legal experts criticized the California law as weak, however, because it doesn't cover "selfies" — images...

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