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Governor signs bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

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A joint legislative press event in March preceding passage of anti-revenge porn legislation in both houses.

New York is catching up to most other states by criminalizing revenge porn.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday making it a misdemeanor to distribute intimate photos of another person without their consent. Violators will face up to a year in jail.

The new law, which takes effect in 60 days, also will permit victims to sue the person who distributed their photos and seek a court order to have online images taken down.

Debated for years, the bill had been held up over concerns that internet companies could be held legally responsible for inadvertently allowing revenge porn photos online.

More than 40 states already have criminal penalties for revenge porn.

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