Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
It would not be against the law to share the photo. The person "might" be able to make out a civil claim for public disclosure of private facts, depending on the circumstances surrounding the photo being sent. If the person sent an unsolicited photo to another person, then there is not going to be much they can do when the person shares it. But if it was part of an intimate relationship and there was an ongoing understanding that the issues were private, then maybe. But even then, the photo would have to be shared with the public at large, like posted on the internet or printed.
Just because someone might be able to sue, does not make it illegal. It is not illegal unless it becomes harassment, like posting flyers all over or at the person's work or something.
But if the person just shares it with a few people, there is probably nothing that can be done about that... this is just the risk carried with trusting someone with a nude photo.
Educator, Esq: Follow up question: Is the following
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).