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Illegal Photoshopping? Georgia Legislator Proposes Law

Georgia State Representative Earnest Smith wants to make it a crime to digitally edit a person into an “obscene” picture. 

Commonly known as “Photoshopping,” after the popular Adobe digital image editing software, celebrities and politicians are often the targets of photo- editing pranksters.

Democrat Smith says he was inspired by a case where a teenage girl was victimized.  According to the proposed law, someone would face charges when that  “person commits defamation when he or she causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction.”

The bill was c0-sponsered by his fellow Georgia legislator Pam Dickerson. If the law passes, those convicted could face a $1,000 fine.

Blogger Andre Walker showed his opinion of the proposed law by digitally editing Smith and Dickerson into some inappropriate images and posting them on the Internet.

Smith counters those who say digitally altering photos is covered by the First Amendment by saying, “No one has the right to disparage another person. That’s not a First Amendment right.” 

~ Cynthia