The Louisiana Legislature has signed off on a measure that seeks to outlaw so-called “revenge porn.”
On Tuesday, the House gave final approval to legislation that would make it a crime to share sexually explicit photos of someone without permission.
Currently, it’s against Louisiana law to take explicit photos or videos of someone without consent, but it has been legal, under state law, to spread private images and video that have been illegally obtained or those that were intended to remain confidential.
House Bill 489, sponsored by state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, seeks to make it illegal to distribute — without permission and to cause emotional distress — explicit images of someone older than 17, even if that person originally agreed to be photographed.
The measure now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal for approval. Jindal previously has announced his support of the bill.
The offense would be punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years in prison, and the legislation would not apply to people who are voluntarily exposed in public or law enforcement investigations.
Efforts to criminalize “revenge porn” have steadily gained steam in state legislatures across the country in the past two years. With cellphone photo technology, the push has come amid several high-profile cases of websites that have allowed scorned former lovers to post nude and otherwise explicit photos of their exes online — often along with identifying information and other details.
At least 17 state legislatures have passed similar measures criminalizing the practice. The move has been debated in about two dozen additional capitals across the country.