Snapchat screenshots - illegal!

29 March 2016

snapchat If you're on Snapchat, and you've been screengrabbing images from the social platform, then you're doing something illegal! This is on the caveat of you not getting permission from them in the first place, and if you haven't, chances are, you're swiping dirty pictures from someone you follow and don't necessarily know.

This is according to the Government’s culture minister, Ed Vaizey, who would like you to stop nicking images of others and sharing them with everyone else.

He 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."

If you're sharing sexual images from someone else's Snapchat, there's a threat of prison too.

"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," he said. "Those convicted could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison."

The biggest sentence you can get for copyright infringement is 10 years in prison, and in terms of a financial penalty, there's an "unlimited" fine.

Snapchat users will know that there's a limit of 10 seconds on images (or less, if you've toggled your settings), and if you take a screenshot, the person who uploaded the image will get a notification with your username.

According to a Snapchat spokesman said: "Under UK copyright law, it'd be unlawful for any user of any social media platform to take another person's image and republish it to the public - this doesn't just apply to Snapchat."  This followed a quote pulled from The Independent, and Snapchat continued: "The Parliamentary question quoted by The Independent makes it clear that The Criminal Justice and Courts Act protects people from the sharing of private sexual content, with a potential maximum jail sentence of 2 years."

"Again - this applies to all communications services, not just Snapchat."

TOPICS:   Social Media   Privacy


  • Gas M.
    Blah blah blah - how would you get caught doing this then????
  • Father J.
    Illegality won't stop this, as Gas Man rightly points out. No, someone with considerably more patience than myself is going to have to be charged with educating the terminally stupid (i.e. 99.999% of social media users) on privacy issues. Something along the lines of: THICK PEOPLE: IF YOU DON'T WANT PICTURES OF YOUR (insert name of private part(s) here) ALL OVER THE INTERNET THEN DON'T POST THEM ON ANY SOCIAL MEDIA SITE. EVER.

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