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The ACLU Challenges Anti-Revenge Porn Law in Arizona

3 Oct , 2014  | by:

Ars Technica reports that the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Arizona’s current anti-revenge porn law on behalf of several bookstores, the American Association of Publishers and the National Press Photographers association, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. They provide a list of sample “actions” that could be criminalized under the new law, to highlight the broad way the law is written, including,

“A college professor in Arizona, giving a lecture on the history of the Vietnam War, projects on a screen the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, “Napalm Girl,” which shows a girl, unclothed, running in horror from her village.”

or

“A librarian in Arizona includes, in the library’s collection, the book Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints (Guggenheim Museum Publications 2004), which contains nude images.”

They also cite Michael Bamberger, one of the lead attorneys on the case, to highlight potential First Amendment issues with Arizona’s law:

“This is a supposed revenge-porn statute that does not require revenge”

Our own Stefan Kulk, has also offered a discussion on the role of copyright in the case of the celebrity nude photo hack.


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