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'Revenge Porn' Could Soon Land You in Jail, With Hefty Fine

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SALISBURY, Md.- It's a nightmare scenario. A relationship goes sour, and your bitter ex takes it one step further by doing the unthinkable: uploading nude or close to nude photos or videos of you, without consent, to the Web for anyone to see.

A Maryland lawmaker wants to criminalize "revenge porn," the release of non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit pictures and videos online.

Websites, in which angry ex's can post nude and or close to nude photos of their previous loved ones, are easy to come by. But Del. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County, is hoping to change that. He has introduced a bill to outlaw "revenge porn."

Cardin said people are releasing privately shared and sexually explicit pictures on public websites specifically designed for vengeful purposes or to humiliate former partners.

The legislation would make it a felony to intentionally disclose in a public way a sexually explicit image of another person without their consent to release that image.

The crime would be punishable by up to five years in prison or a $25,000 fine, or both.

Cardin, a Democrat, is also running for attorney general.

Critics of the law recognize believes it is a blatant violation of trust and privacy. But there's also a concern that the laws are dangerously close to — or in some cases are — infringing on First Amendment rights, according to critics.

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