Archive for: December, 2013

Rhode Island Revenge Porn Bill Gets New Push

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State lawmakers are looking to make it a crime to post explicit photos of ex-spouses or romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

Lawmakers preparing for the 2014 session of the General Assembly are pitching legislation that would make so-called revenge porn a felony punishable by jail time and a fine.

The term revenge porn refers to sexually explicit photos or video of a person that is posted online without his or her consent, often by an angry ex-partner. One of the lawmakers behind the bill, Sen. Erin Lynch, D-Cranston, said it’s a problem she learned about through her work as a divorce attorney.

Lynch said tough criminal penalties might make someone think twice before posting a damaging photo.

“Someone could be the most important person in your life one day and then six months later there can be so much hatred and venom that something like this happens,” she said. “It could be the most embarrassing thing in your life.”

Lynch said the legislation will be carefully crafted to ensure it doesn’t potentially run afoul of constitutional protections on free speech. Rep. Donald Lally, D-South Kingstown, plans to introduce the bill in the House.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office first proposed the legislation a few years ago as part of a larger package of bills relating to the Internet. It never received a vote.

Another bill being pushed by Kilmartin would make it a felony for an adult to send sexually explicit material electronically to a minor. Kilmartin spokeswoman Amy Kempe said some people looking to prey sexually on minors will send them explicit images as a way of cultivating a relationship.

Under the proposed law, an adult would have to transmit the photo or video knowing that the recipient is underage. Rep. Peter Martin, D-Newport, and Sen. Frank Lombardi, D-Cranston, plan to introduce the bill.

Kilmartin said the Internet has created new opportunities for predators to victimize children.

“It is imperative that our laws are updated to reflect changing technology — just as we protect children on our streets, we must also ensure their safety online,” he said in a statement.

Rhode Island Revenge Porn Bill Gets New Push – Huffington Post
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Porn Actress’s Naked Revenge Photos on Catholic Campus Land Her in Jail

Valerie Dodds porn actressYou may recall how earlier this year, a porn actress on her former Catholic school classmates by returning to campus, stripping down, and taking some raunchy photos. And now she is being charged  and going to jail for the revenge stunt.

Dodds was sentenced to 45 days in prison for public nudity and trespassing on the Lincoln Pius X High School campus. She is appealing the sentence, a sentence that her attorney attempted to argue was too harsh.

Defense attorney Chad Wythers argued unsuccessfully to continue sentencing to give Dodds time to meet with the probation office for an interview she missed. Fox refused.

Wythers didn’t ask for a specific sentence, but argued that people convicted of first-offense DUI cause more risk to others “than parading around naked,” and the most they get is a week in jail.

A district court judge will hear Dodds’ appeals case next.

 

Porn Actress’s Naked Revenge Photos on Catholic Campus Land Her in Jail – Mediaite
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Canada’s Supreme Court Finds Cinar Guilty of Copyright Infringement

Claude Robinson

A near-two decade legal fight by Montreal animator Claude Robinson against Cinar Corp., Canada’s high-riding animation producer that was felled during the late 1990s by a series of corporate scandals, has ended in the Supreme Court of Canada.The country’s highest court has ruled that Cinar infringed on the copyright of Robinson by ripping off a character he created based on the classic Robinson Crusoe tale.The high court concluded that Robinson is now due a share of profits and punitive damages from Cinar and a host of co-producers.

Robinson initially conceived an animated project, The Adventures of Robinson Curiosity, during the 1980s and approached Cinar co-founders Ronald Weinberg and Micheline Charest about becoming production partners.

But ultimately nothing came of Cinar’s attempts to finance the series in the U.S. market.

Robinson shelved the project, but in September 1995 watched the first episode of Robison Sucroe, a Cinar cartoon produced at the height of Weinberg and Charest’s reign as Canadian media darlings.

According to the Supreme Court’s 40-page, Robinson was “stunned to see that Sucroe, as he perceived it, was a blatant copy of Curiosity.”

Robinson subsequently discovered that Charest, Weinberg and Christophe Izard of France Animation had received access to the Curiosity project, and afterwards were involved as producers or distributors of Robinson Sucroe.

So the animator started a copyright infringement suit against Cinar Corp., Weinberg and the estate of Charest, who died in April 2004 due to complications from a plastic surgery procedure.

That death came four years after Charest and Weinberg were found to have put the names of Canadians on scripts written by Americans in order to extract tax credits and other lucrative government subsidies.

Ironically, it was an initial probe into Robinson’s lawsuit over Curiosity that led the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to open a wider investigation into financial misadventure at Cinar that went to the heart of how the government-backed Canadian TV industry is financed and run.

Also named in Robinson’s copyright infringement suit was France Animation SA, Izard, Ravensburger Film + TV Gmbh and RTV Family Entertainment AG.

The lower Quebec Superior Court in 2009 concluded that Cinar, Weinberg, Charest, Izard, France Animation, Ravensburger Film + TV GmbH and RTV Family Entertainment AG were liable for copyright infringement for copying major parts of Curiosity without Robinson’s authorization.

The Quebec court of appeal in 2011 upheld the lower court ruling, which Cinar contested on grounds of legal error.

Robinson also took issue with the court of appeal ruling because it reduced the punitive damages he could claim.

The Supreme Court of Canada has now upheld Robinson’s win in the lower courts.

“Robinson’s non-pecuniary damages are analogous to those claimed by a victim of defamation,” the high court ruled in its decision.

“The product of Robinson’s artistic exertions was taken from him and the integrity of his personal creative process was violated, causing deep psychological suffering,” the ruling added.

Montreal-based Cinar was purchased in 2004 by a consortium led by Nelvana co-founder Michael Hirsh, and was rebranded as Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Canada’s Supreme Court Finds Cinar Guilty of Copyright Infringement – Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/canadas-supreme-court-finds-cinar-667622
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