BILL NO A01185 SAME AS SAME AS S00610 SPONSOR Gunther COSPNSR MLTSPNSR Curran Amd S250.40, add SS250.70 & 250.75, Pen L Creates the crimes of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first and second degrees as a class E felony and class A misdemeanor, respectively.Go to top
BILL NO A01185 01/08/2015 referred to codes 01/06/2016 referred to codesGo to top
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1185 SPONSOR: Gunther (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to creating the crimes of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first and second degrees   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 applies the existing definitions of "sexual or other intimate parts" and "disseminate" to these two new crimes. Section 2 creates the new crimes of Unlawful dissemination or an inti- mate image in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, committed when one, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm, intentionally disseminates an image of the sexual or other intimate parts of another person without that person's explicit consent; and Unlawful dissemination of an inti- mate image in the first degree, a class E felony, committed when one commits the crime in the second degree and has a previous conviction for the crime either in the first or second degree. Section 3 states nothing in this bill shall be construed to impose liability on an interactive computer service for content provided by another person. Section 4 Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: For all the advantages that the internet provides, it also assists indi- viduals in perpetrating harm upon others. Social media allows for the widespread dissemination of information and images, and websites devoted to providing people with a means to perpetrate revenge upon former spouses, girlfriends or boyfriends have been created. New York law protects one from such conduct if they are unaware that such images are being taken. Unfortunately, one may provide an intimate image to another in the context of a relationship with the expectation that such will be a private sharing. When the relationship ends, the spurned partner has a means to humiliate the other by sharing those intimate images with millions of strangers as well as with the person's family, neighbors, friends, employer and co-workers. This bill would protect everyone's intimate images from further dissem- ination without his or her explicit consent for dissemination, if such dissemination was done with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm the subject of the image. It provides this protection regardless of who photographed the image and prevents this new form of cyber-bullying.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14: A8204 Referred to Codes/S5946A Passed Senate   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred and eightieth day after it becomes law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1185 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 8, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CURRAN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to creating the crimes of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first and second degrees The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The section heading and the opening paragraph of section 2 250.40 of the penal law, as added by chapter 69 of the laws of 2003, are 3 amended to read as follows: 4 Unlawful surveillance and dissemination; definitions. 5 The following definitions shall apply to sections 250.45, 250.50, 6 250.55 [ and], 250.60, 250.70 and 250.75 of this article: 7 § 2. The penal law is amended by adding two new sections 250.70 and 8 250.75 to read as follows: 9 § 250.70 Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the second 10 degree. 11 A person is guilty of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in 12 the second degree when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another 13 person, he or she intentionally disseminates an image or images of the 14 sexual or other intimate parts of another person without explicit 15 consent of such person to disseminate such image. 16 Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the second degree is a 17 class A misdemeanor. 18 § 250.75 Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first 19 degree. 20 A person is guilty of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in 21 the first degree when he or she commits the crime of unlawful dissem- 22 ination of an intimate image in the second degree and has previously 23 been convicted within the past ten years of unlawful dissemination of an 24 intimate image in the first or second degree. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02053-01-5A. 1185 2 1 Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image in the first degree is a 2 class E felony. 3 § 3. Nothing in this act shall be construed to impose liability on an 4 interactive computer service for content provided by another person. The 5 term "interactive computer service" means any information service, 6 system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer 7 access by multiple users to a computer server, including specifically a 8 service or system that provides access to the Internet and such systems 9 operated or services offered by libraries or educational institutions. 10 § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after 11 it shall have become a law.