Illinois Gov. Quinn signs felony ‘revenge porn’ ban into law

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Illinois’ Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed a measure into law that will make it a felony to post sexually explicit videos and photos of another person online without his or her permission.

The law is aimed at preventing a practice known as “revenge porn,” in which a former lover shares online what were intended to be private images as a means of retribution.

Under the law, which goes into effect June 1, the “non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images” becomes a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The law also would require the forfeiture of any money or goods received in exchange for posting the images.

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