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Disclosure of Private Images in Georgia

It is now easy to share information and find it easily via the internet. Millions of people worldwide share photos and videos every day. The internet made it easier to share or disclose private images (also known as revenge porn). There are currently 42 states and Washington D.C. that have criminalized the disclosure of private images. This was after it became more common for lovers or spouses to share intimate photos with their partners.

Victims of this crime can suffer severe mental and reputational harm. Although revenge porn is most commonly committed against females, it can also happen to male victims. Many victims of cyber revenge porn crimes have complained about harassment and stalkers. These types of crimes, and the laws that follow them are fairly new, are important for Georgia citizens to be aware of their rights.

Call Dr. Ted Greve & Associates if you or someone you care about has been exposed to private images or revenge porn. Our skilled and experienced lawyers in Georgia can help you defend your privacy rights. Contact us at (844) 387-8677.

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What is Disclosure of Private Images or Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn is the sharing or distribution without consent of explicit sexual images and videos. It doesn’t matter whether the images or videos were made by the victim or someone close to them. Revenge porn is considered a crime. It is against the law to share intimate images or videos without your permission. This could lead to civil litigation and financial damages.

Under the new Georgia law 16-11-90., disclosure of private images or revenge porn is laid out as threatening to and/or knowingly distributing photos or video of an adult that contains nudity, and/or contains sexually explicit content without the consent of the adult depicted.

Is it Illegal to Disclose Private Images or Revenge Porn in Georgia?

Yes. In July of 2021, Georgia became one of only seven states in the nation that considers threatening to send images of an individual who is depicted in these images sexually compromising a crime. This is known as sexual extortion.

Under Georgia law, it is considered a crime to post explicit images and videos of someone online without their consent to harass them. If the offender posts the material to a website, message board or file-sharing site that is promoting itself as an adult site, the crime is considered a felony.

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How Can Someone Be Found Guilty of Disclosure of Private Images?

Under the Georgia law, the individual is guilty if they violate the following:

  • A person violates this Code section if he or she, knowing the content of transmission or post, knowingly and without the consent of the depicted person:
    •  Electronically transmits or posts, in one or more transmissions or posts, a photograph or video which depicts nudity or sexually explicit conduct of an adult, including a falsely created videographic or still image, when the transmission or post is harassment or causes financial loss to the depicted person, serves no legitimate purpose to the depicted person, and is transmitted or posted:
      •  To a website, peer-to-peer file-sharing site, thumbnail gallery, movie gallery post, linked list, live webcam, web page, or message board, that advertises or promotes its service as showing, previewing, or distributing sexually explicit conduct; or
      •  Via any other electronic means that does not fall within subparagraph (A) of this paragraph; or
    • Causes the electronic transmission or posting, in one or more transmissions or posts, of a photograph or video which depicts nudity or sexually explicit conduct of an adult, including a falsely created videographic or still image, when the transmission or post is harassment or causes financial loss to the depicted person, serves no legitimate purpose to the depicted person, and is transmitted or posted:
      •  To a website, peer-to-peer file-sharing site, thumbnail gallery, movie gallery post, linked list, live webcam, web page, or message board, that advertises or promotes its service as showing, previewing, or distributing sexually explicit conduct; or
      •  Via any other electronic means that does not fall within subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

It is a crime under Georgia law to post explicit images and videos of someone online without their consent for the purpose of harassing them. If the offender posts the material to a website, message board or file-sharing site that is promoting itself as an adult site, the crime is considered a felony.

A person convicted of felony revenge porn could be sentenced to up to five years imprisonment and a maximum $100,000 fine or both. The same sentence is applicable to a second misdemeanor conviction.

For Assistance Regarding a Revenge Porn Claim, Call Our Offices Today

Dr. Ted Greve and Associates lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have and assist with filing a claim. It is crucial to file a lawsuit immediately after discovering that the videos or images were distributed. In a matter of minutes, material distributed online can multiply exponentially. A victim of revenge porn should file a claim as soon as possible once they have discovered the images.

Call us at (844) 387-8677 to learn more. Our reputation is built on our dedication and experience, as well as the quality of our results. We can help you to fight for your privacy rights.