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First Amendment now null and void in Arizona??? No nude photos of ex on web???

Jul 26, 2014

Arizona Republic

What's next will it be made illegal to post negative things about the govenrment on the web. Well post negative things about the government without first getting the governments permission.

While I am a big fan of the 1st Amendment, just because something is legal, doesn't make it moral or ethical.

So while posting photos of you ex on the web should be legal, that doesn't make it moral or ethical.

On the other hand just because something is illegal, doesn't mean doing it is immoral or unethical.

A perfect example of that is the government's "war on drugs".

It's officially illegal to post naked photos of your ex in Arizona

Arizona Republic columnists EJ Montini and Laurie Roberts discuss new laws in Arizona.

Ryan Van Velzer, The Republic | 3:47 p.m. MST July 25, 2014

Arizona's latest cyber-bullying law went into effect July 24, making "revenge porn" a felony punishable by a minimum of six months to a year imprisonment and a $150,000 fine.

Revenge porn, also known as non-consensual pornography or cyber rape, is the act of displaying, uploading or publishing photos or video of another person nude or engaged in sexual activities without his or her consent.

The "revenge" is usually an attempt by ex-lovers to publicly humiliate or shame a previous girlfriend or boyfriend with naked pictures posted to websites or distributed among social circles.

But more often than not, it's an ex-girlfriend whose private photos are then shared on such revenge-porn websites as the now defunct, a website that featured nude photos (often former romantic partners) submitted by users, alongside the victim's full name, social-media profile, profession and city of residence, all but ensuring that the picture would show up in Google's search results.

Websites like and have taken advantage of revenge porn to blackmail and coerce victims into paying as much as $350 to have the photos removed.

Arizona's new law makes not only uploading to websites but also any kind of distribution of nude photos or videos of another person a Class 5 felony if the person is unrecognizable or a Class 4 felony if they are recognizable.

The revenge-porn bill, HB 2515, which Brewer signed into law in April, also amended the state's domestic-violence statute to state that revenge porn can be a type of domestic violence.

The law states:

"Prohibits a person from intentionally disclosing, displaying, distributing, publishing, advertising or offering a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording of a person in a state of nudity or engaged in specific sexual activities if the person knows or should have known that the depicted person has not consented to the disclosure."

The law doesn't apply to practices of law enforcement, legal proceedings, medical treatment or "interactive computer services," such as Internet-service providers or hosting servers.

For more information on the impact of revenge porn, how you can help educate the public, or to donate to organizations that advocate for legislation ending online abuse and discrimination, visit