[LISTEN] What you need to know about new revenge porn laws

New bills signed into law recently mean it's now illegal to distribute sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent.

Amendments to the Films and Publications Act mean a person found guilty of so-called "revenge porn" could now face up to four years in prison or a fine of up to R300,000.

Lawyer Verlie Oosthuizen says the key requirement is that the material is being shared without consent.

In a lot of cases it is revenge porn in the sense they are being shared with the express intention of embarrassing the person.

Verlie Oosthuizen, Partner and head of social media law - Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys

And in case you thought instances of revenge porn were rare, think again.

Oosthuizen says it's an increasing problem.

It happens all the time, everyday...it seems there's definitely a form or kind of people uploading this kind of images to porn sites. It seems to be a predilection in itself.

Verlie Oosthuizen, Partner and head of social media law - Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [LISTEN] What you need to know about new revenge porn laws


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sindiwe Magona tells Thembi Mtshali-Jones' remarkable life story in new book

Sindiwe Magona tells Thembi Mtshali-Jones' remarkable life story in new book

Theatre Road: My Story is an inspiring account of Thembi Mtshali-Jones' life as told by her dear friend and writer Sindiwe Magona.

'There's this misunderstanding that if you get raped you just carry right on'

'There's this misunderstanding that if you get raped you just carry right on'

Rape Crisis director Kathleen Dey talks about the Birds and Bees programme which helps school children expose gender myths.

Why new 'revenge porn' laws don't go far enough to protecting victims

Why new 'revenge porn' laws don't go far enough to protecting victims

Media law consultant Emma Sadlier talks about some of the gaps in the Films and Publications Amendment Act.

'Revenge porn' law clamps down on non-consensual distribution of sexual content

'Revenge porn' law clamps down on non-consensual distribution of sexual content

Social media law expert Emma Sadleir explains what the signing of the Films and Publications Bill into law means.

You can get fined up to R300,000 for 'revenge porn'

You can get fined up to R300,000 for 'revenge porn'

Social media law expert Emma Sadleir says the new bill will burb the distribution of image-based violence on social media.

Therapists describes what scary 'consensual' sex looks like

Therapists describes what scary 'consensual' sex looks like

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve helps listeners understand what defines terrifying intercourse.

Popular articles
SA's Zozibini Tunzi simply the best, crowned Miss Universe 2019

SA's Zozibini Tunzi simply the best, crowned Miss Universe 2019

The 26-year-old is the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe and has made the country proud.

Want to start a small business? Lessons from a successful serial entrepreneur...

Want to start a small business? Lessons from a successful serial entrepreneur...

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nic Haralambous, founder (at the cost of R5000!) of funky sock company Nic Harry.

Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Can you afford to leave South Africa? Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Barry O'Mahony on what to consider before deciding.

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

After dithering for fear of spending political capital, SAA is now out of the President’s hands, says Pieter du Toit (News24).

'Clearly those DA councillors that voted with ANC are expecting a reward'

'Clearly those DA councillors that voted with ANC are expecting a reward'

Unisa political analyst professor Lesiba Teffo weighs in on the elections that happened on Wednesday at the Johannesburg council.

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

Former public protector says the eight-year sentence was too harsh and it shouldn't matter that he was not a Wits student.

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

SAA is a classic example, says Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Investments.

[WATCH] Couple dancing in traffic has social media talking

[WATCH] Couple dancing in traffic has social media talking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to make your first R1 million (after that it just becomes so much easier)

How to make your first R1 million (after that it just becomes so much easier)

Rich. Wealthy. Financially free... Call it what you will; the first million is how you get there. Warren Ingram on his book...