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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Making Online Revenge Illegal

A man meets a woman, they get intimate, and she allows him to take a nude picture of herself. Or maybe she sexts him a naked selfie. Then, the couple breaks up, and he's not happy, so he posts that photo on a revenge website. Can she go to the cops?

As of this week, the answer is yes in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown just signed legislation making it a criminal offense. So, on my America Weekend show, I called upon UCLA law professor and First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh to explain whether the law is constitutional, whether other states or the federal government are considering similar laws, and why it's different when your clothes are off.

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