No, copyright is not the answer to revenge porn — Tech News and Analysis

“Using copyright to combat revenge porn is an appealing idea, but also one that will rarely work and that could do more harm than good.

First, even if 80 percent of revenge porn photos are selfies, as Levendowski claims, that doesn’t mean that victims  can easily claim damages “to the tune of up to $150,000 per photo.” Under the Copyright Act, in order to be eligible to claim that oft-cited $150,000 damages figure (the actual number ranges from $750 to $150,000), a person must first register the photo with the U.S. Copyright Office — which requires paying a fee and submitting copies of the (nude) photos to the U.S. government. It’s unlikely that many revenge porn victims will have the will and time to go through that process.

In any event, whether the photo is registered or not, the only thing a copyright notice does do is oblige the revenge porn operator to remove the photo one time. This means that anyone can resubmit the photo, possibly requiring the victim to file a takedown notice over and over again. And, as Levendowski herself notes, the copyright notices may serve to draw more attention to the photos than existed before. In most revenge porn cases, copyright will provide some victims with a temporary reprieve at best.”

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