Jun 222016
 
 June 22, 2016  Breaches, Laws, Online

Did anyone see this one coming? Katherine Gregg reports:

Exercising her veto power for the first time since taking office, Governor Raimondo has nixed a bill to prohibit the posting of “revenge porn” and create new criminal penalties, at the same time, for those who engage in “sextortion.”

In her veto message signed late Monday night, Raimondo said: “The bill is apparently intended to curb the dissemination of private sexual material over the internet, but its sweep is much broader. It could also cover works of art that depict the human body. And unlike virtually all other similar state statutes, H7537 does not include basic safeguards such as the requirement that ‘intent to harass’ be demonstrated for conduct to be criminal.”

“The breadth and lack of clarity may have a chilling effect on free speech,” she wrote. “The right course of action is to follow the example of other states, and craft a more carefully worded law that specifically addresses the problem of revenge porn, without implicating other types of constitutionally protected speech.”

Read more on Providence Journal and then read Scott Greenfield’s commentary.

  One Response to “Rhode Island governor vetoes revenge porn bill”

  1. Fortunately this absurd law was not approved. It would be the end for almost all amateur sites wich constitute the niche most searched of the adult world.

    Many sites like [link deleted] amaporn, xhamster, pornfun and others would have ended miserably.

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