Bill would ban Photoshopped heads on nude, lewd bodies

The 2012 session of the Legislature isn’t an hour old yet, but a bill likely to become a water-cooler favorite has already made its debut:

H.B. 680, filed by state Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, would make it a misdemeanor to Photoshop an unsuspecting – or heck, even suspecting – individual’s head on the nude or lewd body of another, and posting the image on the Internet.

Such an act would be a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine or a year in the hoosegow. Read the details here.

There is a presumption in the legislation, of course, that the head would be the offended body part in these cases. No recourse would be offered to Matthew McConaughey’s torso if it suddenly should find itself topped with the head of Mitt Romney.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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99 comments Add your comment

Disgusted with Legislators

January 9th, 2012
10:55 am

Just when I thought the Republicans had the market cornered on idiocy in this state!

ByteMe

January 9th, 2012
11:06 am

“First Amendment be damned!”, she says.

Democrats should toss her out. She belongs with the authoritarian party.

Me

January 9th, 2012
11:11 am

Yep folks, this is what they do all day at the capitol.

dre

January 9th, 2012
11:12 am

Sheesh – she was probably freaking out and chomping at the bit to get in there and file this bill.

Bobby

January 9th, 2012
11:14 am

One thing the Georgia Legislature proves without fail. Both parties are as stupid as the other.

Ol' Timer

January 9th, 2012
11:15 am

Mental illness is contagious. Hang around with crazy Republicans and you’ll catch it, too.

findog

January 9th, 2012
11:16 am

A better bill would be to make it a felony to write these idiotic ideas into proposed laws…

Pipp

January 9th, 2012
11:16 am

Our tax dollars at work!

victor

January 9th, 2012
11:18 am

all you have to do is vote her out of office… plain and simple. this imbecile is a drain on this state, society and taxpayers money. she belongs in the garbage with all the other political trash.

JiMiFLiX!

January 9th, 2012
11:18 am

Does Pam Dickerson REALLY have nothing better to do up there in Conyers than to worry about Photoshop issues? There are carjackings, robberies, home-invasions, murders and a garden variety of other high crimes and misdemeaners going on over there that deserve her attention rather than worry about some pimple-faced teenager posting gnarly pictures on the internet. C’mon, Pam! Get real!

dre

January 9th, 2012
11:19 am

Too true, Bobby.

Smokewagon

January 9th, 2012
11:20 am

So a Republican governor is supposed to stop legislation from Democrats? Whatcha smoking these days?

victor

January 9th, 2012
11:21 am

ah, people, she’s a full fledged Democrat, from Conyers no less. Nothing to do with the Republican party, not that they’re are any better.

double

January 9th, 2012
11:26 am

We need this Pam gone.Not only is crap like this a drain,it’s also a destroyer.Ther won’t be anyone to turn out lights.

bingo

January 9th, 2012
11:29 am

The article (Galloway) did a great disservice to the “rest of the story” by not saying why the legislation was proposed. Maybe you would see it different if it was your wife or daughter whose “head shot” was attached to another person’s nude body and put on the internet against there wishes. But on second thought, from reading some of the comments, maybe it would be better for the rest of us if you don’t have children.

Atlanta Native

January 9th, 2012
11:30 am

So if the head is superimposed on a CLOTHED body it would be okay, right?
But really, how is a person going to prove that a particular nude body is not their own? Plaintiffs will have to strip naked as evidence in the courtroom in front of the jury… wow, this could be interesting! So the bill would actually promote further ‘lewdness’, thus backfiring on this trusted lawmaker…

double

January 9th, 2012
11:33 am

Originally from new orleans a real CA.If Jay was partial(centrist)he would never printed this.Also this proves you need not be too sharp to be in business for self.

Look before I leap...

January 9th, 2012
11:41 am

Classic case of democratic overreach. Let’s create a law to address a non-existent problem.
Has there been an epidemic of mean-spirited photo-shopping?
Or is this silly twit simply responding to some whiney-pants constituent?

There are already remedies available to people whose likenesses end up on the internet.

Why waste time trying to pass a bill that will get tossed out on 1st amendment grounds the first time it comes to court?

Old Violin

January 9th, 2012
11:41 am

How Wonderful ! We elect people to pass laws that mean something ! Right now I would think that the economy would take front stage ! But, what do I know…..i’m just an old violin…….

dman

January 9th, 2012
11:42 am

This is a favorite tactic of kiddie porn types. They go into places like Facebook copy the images of children from family photos, etc. and Photoshop the heads onto existing inappropriate child porn images. This will give law enforcement another tool to use to arrest and prosecute these predators.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

January 9th, 2012
11:42 am

How ’bout a friendly amendment to allow for string bikinis? Or maybe topless but with “pasties”.

What’s a “pastie” you ask? Just run that question by the legislators (and their lobbyist of choice) – they’ll be glad to explain….or to show you one (or two).

Yep

PC

January 9th, 2012
11:47 am

I am glad they are taking on the important issues

rsc

January 9th, 2012
11:47 am

It’s too bad most of you can’t see that this is an attempt to protect the innocent; rather, it’s easier for you to make smart-a$$ comments that don’t amount to nothin’. People are so wrapped up in his/her own party to see what’s right or wrong. Truth is, most of you so-called Republicans out there are the first to hold your hand out. Gimme this and gimme that. But you want to be “associated” with the Republican party because it’s the affluent/popular crowd, when in fact, money burns holes in your pockets because you got the attitude…gotta have the latest and greatest gadgets, etc., etc., etc. Don’t look the the real Republicans when YOU need a bail-out.

ByteMe

January 9th, 2012
11:49 am

Maybe you would see it different if it was your wife or daughter whose “head shot” was attached to another person’s nude body and put on the internet against there wishes

No, what I’d see it as is what it is: potential litigation already covered under civil laws. We already have laws against misrepresentation, copyright laws, slander laws. All of which don’t require the full force of the state to enforce… just a good lawyer.

Hypocrite Hunter

January 9th, 2012
11:50 am

dman @11:42, law enforcement already has enormous reach and incredible tools to battle the terror of child porn. Further overreaching on an already tattered 1st amendment isn’t going to improve either the safety of ourselves or our children. We have a budget crisis, focus on paying our bills first, then and only then figure out how to get every police department in the country a Photoshop proctology specialist.

Hypocrite Hunter

January 9th, 2012
11:53 am

rsc@11:42 protecting what innocent? The innocent whose picture is already naked on the internet…nope. The innocent whose picture is photoshopped onto an already naked body? If the picture is porn already, then the current laws already cover it (pardon the pun)

double

January 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Would think this would be more civil,than criminal.

Marlboro Man

January 9th, 2012
12:03 pm

She would be the poster child to photo shop and spread on the web. Get set, get ready, go.

COBBIT

January 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

We voted for these yokels to waste their time on stupid things like this? Please.

Aquagirl

January 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

This will give law enforcement another tool

There’s a lot of frustrated authoritarians out there begging for tools. Handing them one makes you an idiot.

td

January 9th, 2012
12:08 pm

ByteMe

January 9th, 2012
11:49 am

Dang, I actually agree with your comment. Do not criminalize stupid. If the person offends you then sue them for money.

curt

January 9th, 2012
12:13 pm

Is this all the goofballs we send to represent us have to worry about? Why does it always come from the same people who whine about the nanny state and keeping government out of our business?

juan carlos diego raul shanchez

January 9th, 2012
12:15 pm

i bet someone photo shopped a wiener on state Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers…

RowdyYates

January 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

Going out on a limb and guessing the proposed law is related to this ……
http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch11/0311/arc032311672807.shtml

Georgia Native

January 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

Okay, let’s get down to business already. Start photoshopping Pam Dickerson’s head onto all kinds of bodies already – animal, vegetable, mineral, it doesn’t matter, and plaster it all over the web. Then have her be the first one to strip naked in front of a jury to prove her innocence.

Fred

January 9th, 2012
12:20 pm

Time to some some seriously wicked photo-shopping on this mindless trollop Pam Dickerson……..

Georgia Native

January 9th, 2012
12:21 pm

What are we waiting for? Let’s just start photoshopping Ms. Dickerson’s head onto all kinds of bodys – animal, vegetable, mineral – it doesn’t matter. Then she can be the first one to strip naked in front of a jury to prove her innocence.

Jack

January 9th, 2012
12:23 pm

Maybe Dickerson will introduce a bill outlawing the internet.

Fred

January 9th, 2012
12:23 pm

@Rowdy Yates: The link you provided has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic under discussion. your link was some dork posting a girls phone number on a porn site next to an existing picture. Try to keep up.

Art

January 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

Write the assemblywoman here to express yourself: pam.dickerson@house.ga.gov

Minus Clous

January 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

Hey you f00ls, the lady proposing the bill is a Democrat!!!! Keep blaming republicans for all your trouble and you will remain in the dark. Every political party has corruption especially Democrats.

erik

January 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

This is why we( the country) are in debt.

I wonder

January 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

Thank God this problem is being addressed. What a bunch of morons. Like we don’t have real problems in this state/country?

ls1z28chris

January 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

Thank you for at least linking this woman’s page, where she has graciously provided us with an official portrait for use until this bill gets passed.

Get to work, internet!

Bronc62

January 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

Poor Pam probably just jealous that she will never be photoshopped..

RowdyYates

January 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

@ Fred: Really?!? The girl and her dad, who is a former GBI agent, just happen to live in Dickerson’s district. Plus, the girl wishing that a law existed to punish such crimes. 2+2=4 Just saying.

blackhemi

January 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

SHES A DEMOCRAT! Typical D’s!

George Orwell

January 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

If this becomes law say goodbye to your first amendment rights and say hello to the internet police.

manna

January 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

Ah Geez, I just made one of you Jim. Thanks for the Headshot above.

xbagger

January 9th, 2012
12:43 pm

Once this heinous crime is prevented, all the rape, murder, and theft will just vanish, like magic. Why didn’t they think of this sooner?