Amidst the drama constantly generated on episodes of the popular TV show Married at First Sight, valid legal questions were raised regarding sharing intimate images without consent. 

This article touches on the controversial topic and how the legal system perceives it.



Get in touch with a criminal lawyer today.

The Role of Digital Platforms

The contestant originally published the intimate images on a digital platform with a subscriber function for accessing content. This raised further legal questions about whether the image could be classed as private since the owner willingly shared it on the platform. 

This question can be answered quite easily with reference to the terms and conditions of digital platforms membership which explicitly states that:

‘No one is to reproduce, publicly display, republish, store, or transmit any material published on their website and the rights to the image remain with the individual posting the image.’

It is clear then that images posted to the platform are not to be disseminated or publicly displayed. Therefore by circulating the intimate image, the contestant may be in violation of both the platforms guidelines and s91Q Crimes Act.

Key Takeaways

For a further look at this issue and the offence of ‘Revenge Pornography’, read our interview with Pedestrian TV, which provides a legal analysis of the issues arising from the public dissemination of these privately owned and protected pictures.

Written By
Picture of James Janke
James Janke

James Janke is founding partner at Hamilton Janke Lawyers, and has more then decade of experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Admitted to both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia