Revenge Porn

Revenge Porn & Privacy

 
When romance sours in the digital age, person’s private pain can turn into a public nightmare, if a vengeful ex-partner decides to post explicit videos or photographs online. Other times shadowy hackers are responsible for breaking into emails and cellphones and publishing the most intimate and private material.

Revenge porn is the abhorrent practice of posting compromising photographs and videos online without the subject’s consent. It has been estimated that 90% of revenge porn victims are women. The photographs and videos may have been taken in secret, stolen through hacking, or willingly shared with the perpetrator. Regardless of how the material was produced and published, the victim of revenge porn is never to blame.

If you or a loved one has been the target of revenge porn or other type of privacy intrusion, the law firm of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA will act immediately to identify the source, remove the offensive material from the Internet and punish the individuals responsible. When appropriate, we will also file civil lawsuits for monetary damages and restraining orders against those who seized and distributed the material. And, if a crime has been committed, we will work with law enforcement to bring the guilty parties to justice.

At Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA, we view the non-consensual exposure of intimate material as a form of sexual violence. Our revenge porn and privacy experts will talk to you about your case with empathy and discretion. Then we’ll rapidly apply legal remedies that may include:

  • Removing the damaging online content
  • Establishing irrefutably the identity of the perpetrator
  • Suing those who distributed the offensive material for monetary damages and a restrining order
  • Suing those who distributed the offensive material for monetary damages and a restrining order
  • Contacting law enforcement to report any criminal activity
  • Creating an action plan to de-index the material from search engines and monitor and improve online reputation

Internet privacy extends far beyond revenge porn to include various forms of defamation, extortion or unauthorized filming with hidden cameras. In some cases, the victims are lured into compromising situations and then photographed or filmed against their will.

Time is of the essence in any case involving revenge porn or invasion of online privacy. It is critical to take action before the damaging material goes viral. We advise you not to delay in reaching out to an expert who will evaluate your case with discretion and sympathy.

Contact us today for a confidential and free consultation to find out if we can help you with your case.

Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA works with online marketing experts to monitor and prevent intellectual property infringement and cyber-attacks. Our team uses deep web search tools to help our clients monitor what is being said about them and discover unfair trade practice, counterfeiting, and infringement of intellectual property rights. Our team helps clients find out about these issues and address them before they get worse.  Contact us today at (216) 373-7706 or use the  contact submission form.

Is Revenge Porn Legal?

Thus, perhaps it was obvious that this practice would arise. However, thankfully state laws have caught-up in many states and jurisdictions. Even if it is not yet illegal in your jurisdiction the Internet defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to remove the revenge porn. We guarantee its removal or we will refund your fee. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call us at (216) 373-7706 or contact us online today.

 

Whether Revenge Porn Is Legal Depends on Your State

For a time due to media reports where the reporter seemingly threw up his or her hands at the complexity of the matter, it seemed like the public simply did not have options when it came to handling revenge porn. However, there have always been options since the unauthorized release of protected photos and other materials has always been civilly actionable. However, what has changed is that there are now also criminal penalties available in most states. The fact that these criminal penalties exist can only help with the removal of the materials and provide a lawyer with additional points to discuss when contacting the website or sites where the post appears.

States with laws prohibiting Revenge Porn: Interactive Map

Even Where Revenge Porn Is Legal, Many Sites Will Agree to Its Removal

If revenge porn is not criminalized in your state, that doesn’t mean that you lack options to secure its removal. Social media and user-generated content sites operate on a nationwide or global scale. Therefore, many are receptive to takedown requests. Aside from the array of states that criminalize the practice, the fact of the matter is that in many cases public outrage over inaction will turn attention away from the victim and towards the site itself. Since most sites would prefer to avoid this type of bad press and backlash and will agree to remove the image.

In cases where the image does not violate site TOS and where the site is uncooperative, additional options to secure its removal may exist. For instance, one option exists for individuals who took the photo on their own behalf. By taking the image, you have intellectual property rights over it. A DMCA takedown request may be an effective means of securing its removal. Furthermore, certain privacy torts may also provide a means to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering and other damages to which you have been subjected. An experienced defamation removal lawyer can explain additional removal options that may exist in your case. Furthermore you lawyer can handle the entire removal process as expediently as possible so you do not suffer additional embarrassment and actual or potential life consequences.

Why do People Post Private Photos Online?

Particularly, one of the risks presented by the freedom to upload nearly any image to these sites is that a malicious individual will upload private pictures that were never intended for public consumption. In some cases people may take this action because they are jealous of the person pictured. In other cases, anger and jealousy follow a failed relationship or difficult break-up can result in the posting of the photos. In some cases, hackers and other individuals may attempt to hack or socially engineer accounts and then post sensitive photos online simply for the trill of it. Regardless of the exact reasons behind the breach of your privacy, you do have removal options.

What if My Sexually Explicit Images Were Posted on Social Networking Sites?

If you naked pictures or other suggestive or explicit photos were posted online, working with an experienced Internet defamation lawyer can help secure their rapid removal. Many major social networking sites will work with a lawyer who can show that the photo was posted without authorization. In other cases the image may be in violation of a sites terms of service (TOS). Likewise, many sites – even those supposedly dedicated to protecting users from supposed cheaters and other alleged behaviors – will be receptive to removal requests for explicit photos. However, it is important that the request is accompanied by sufficient evidence and grounds for removal the first time. Failure to include this information will delay the removal process.

Who Can I hold Liable for the Unauthorized Posting of My Nude Photos?

Many people contact our firm shocked and angry that their images were posted online. They often want to know who they can hold liable for the posting. Many times they ask if they can sue the social media website along with the actual poster of the photos.

While it is certainly possible to sue the poster of the images, it often takes work to uncover their identity. In many cases the user may make use of “throwaway” accounts to post the offending media. However, through John Doe or Jane Doe lawsuits, an experienced lawyer can often secure a court order requiring the website to turn over the IP address of the poster. From there, the IP address can be linked through similar action with the relevant Internet service provider (ISP).

However, you cannot sue the user-generated content platform where the content was posted. The actual website receives protection through provisions in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Those who fail to realize this fact are often the target of a counterclaim.

What if My Private Photos Were Posted as Revenge Porn or I was Under 18?

If you live in a state where revenge porn has been criminalized, you are also the victim of a crime. Many states have enacted laws against the posting of private photos online. Other states have anti-cyberbullying statutes that may be applicable. Likewise, if the photos taken depict you before the age of 18 you are also the victim of a crime. Either scenario should make removal extremely more likely, but due to potential criminal proceedings against the posting party you should work with a lawyer. A lawyer can ensure that evidence is forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and that the offending party is held financially liable for their actions.

Experienced Internet Defamation Lawyers Can Fight to Remove Revenge Porn

If a former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend has posted private images or videos in an attempt to take revenge or to embarrass or humiliate you, the Internet defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight for you. We understand the feeling of shame and humiliation you may experience, but don’t lose sight of the fact that you are the victim. Nothing the other person claims you did or did not do can justify their decision to engage in revenge porn. If you are looking to take these images down and move onto the next chapter of your life, contact our experienced online revenge porn removal legal team at (216) 373-7706 or contact submission form.

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