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If You’re A Snapchat User You NEED To Know About This Law

Snapchat is quickly taking over as one of the most popular social media platforms around.

Between the AMAZING filters and the always-hilarious FaceSwap, Snapchat provides hours of fun and the perfect way for nosey people like me to sneak a peak at other people’s lives via their Snapchat Story.

BUT that where it needs to end. At a peak. 

You really shouldn’t screenshot anyone else’s Snaps, and the law is on their side in this case.

Snapchat’s success is based on the fact that every image and video disappears after ten seconds.

However LOADS of people take screen grabs of snaps they want to hold onto.

Now it’s been revealed that it’s completely illegal to redistribute somebody else’s snapchat images.

One UK government's culture minister Ed Vaizey says, “Under UK copyright law, it would be unlawful for a Snapchat user to copy an image and make it available to the public without the consent of the image owner. The image owner would be able to sue anyone who does this for copyright infringement.

“Snapchat photos are automatically deleted after 10 seconds. The Snapchat Privacy Policy states that if Snapchat is able to detect that a recipient has taken a screenshot of an image, they will try to inform the original poster. However, Snapchat advises users to avoid sending messages which they would not want to be saved or shared.

“The disclosure of private sexual photographs or films without the consent of an individual who appears in them and with intent to cause that individual distress is an offence under Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Those convicted could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison.”

So if you take a screenshot of a snap and share it without the consent of the person who originally captures the image and they report you, you COULD face jail time.

While the laws surrounding copyright here in Australia differ slightly, it’s still a punishable offence.

So think twice before you screenshot that interesting snap, it could end up really costing you.

Source The Sun

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