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Centre-right pushes for web sex pic clampdown

TT/The Local · 27 Apr 2010, 12:29

Published: 27 Apr 2010 12:29 GMT+02:00

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"It has become common for young girls in particular to be filmed and photographed in intimate situations. This is then spread via mobile phones and on the internet," Inger Davidsson, deputy chairperson for the parliamentary justice committee, told television news show SVT Rapport.

"This is currently very difficult to tackle. Often it's a case of serious defamation but hardly ever is anyone prosecuted," said Davidsson, a Christian Democrat member of parliament.

Should they win the September general election, the four governing parties of the centre-right are promising to draft a legislative proposal classifying the distribution of sex videos and photographs as sexual harassment

"We can't accept that this is just allowed to continue with legislation not managing to keep up," said Davidsson.

The Local reported in December that a court in Halmstad on the southwest coast of Sweden had dismissed charges against a 49-year-old man who lifted up a 17-year-old girl's skirt and photographed her genitals while she was sleeping.

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Citing several other cases, the Halmstad district court said that the man had not committed a crime as there is no general prohibition against photographing people without their consent. The same applies to people who are asleep.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:05 April 27, 2010 by martell
I thought Sweden has certain copyright laws?

If the photographer is not able to show evidence like a written statement of permission of publication from the person the photo was taken of, they cannot publish the photo anywhere.
16:12 April 27, 2010 by DAVID T
Copyright laws are different in europe - if you take a photograph of somebody in europe then you own the copyright - if you take a photograph of somebody in the states then they own the copyright.
01:47 April 28, 2010 by xenyasai
Didn't they pass a EU bill that says you have to have authorisation from the person in the picture to publish it online anyway?
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