New York Follow's in California's Revenge Porn Footsteps

California state flag New yorkThe state of California has tried to protect people from becoming victim to revenge porn. Unfortunately, the new law that California has set up doesn't protect everyone, and proves to be more than useless in most cases. As many different new outlets have pointed out, the law simply doesn't include enough people – and is too specific in other areas.

The New Revenge Porn Law

Residents of California can now face up to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000 for participating in any kind of revenge porn distribution. That law seems clear cut enough, right? Well, it doesn't include certain types of porn that could also be considered the revenge kind.

California's new law misses out on videos that are created by the victim and then spread around (the law doesn't cover “selfies”). This law also skips over adult hosting companies that redistribute the porn, and it doesn't even touch hackers that might hack into a system to steal porn. The law only covers porn that is taken by another person and then posted online – and that means that this law is missing a lot of guilty parties.

So, why would the state of New York follow in California's footsteps?

The New York Anti Revenge Porn Law

Just yesterday, New York state officials announced that a “tougher” revenge porn law was in the works for the Empire State. What this law will cover, exactly is not yet known, but the law aims to be more complete than the one that California has created. That would be a good thing, but how can a state erect such a law?

It will take long hours and tons of research for New York State to create a revenge porn law that isn't full of holes. As the state of California found out, building a law that protects victims fully is really tough to do – and should go through a more thorough thought process.

Steps In the Right Direction

Even though California's revenge porn law needs some work, the fact that New York is considering a similar law means that various states are trying to put a stop to revenge porn completely – and that's a good thing. What does this means for adult hosting companies in the states of California and New York?

If you own an adult hosting company, it's a really good idea to prevent any kind of revenge porn from being posted. Right now, hosting companies can't be held responsible in California, but there's no telling what the state of New York may do once the state's new revenge porn law has been created and passed.

What do you think of California's new revenge porn law? Is this law too lacking, or is it just enough? If you own a hosting company, are you concerned? Let me know in the comments below.

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