Under the new California law those convicted of illegally distributing explicit images on the internet to harass someone face up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Without the law, authorities have had no way to fight revenge porn or cyber-revenge. Electronically distributing or posting nude photos of an ex-lover on the internet after a breakup to shame that person in public.
The law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and takes effect immediately. The effort to criminalize the practice took effect after Holly Jacobs broke up with her boyfriend, only to find a naked picture of herself on Facebook. Less than a year later, Jacob's photo was on at least 200 websites, along with her name, email address and place of business. Despite changing her phone number and name, quitting her job and unsuccessfully trying to get the photos removed. She started a website with a petition for legislative action.