Moving Targets: On the misdirection and redirection of social attention

FTC Slaps Down Revenge Porn Peddler and Other Signs of the Beginning of the End of Revenge Porn
B
y Mary Anne Franks

“The Federal Trade Commission has issued a complaint and a proposed consentorder against Craig Brittain, the owner of the notorious (now defunct) revenge porn site www.isanybodydown.com. The complaint alleges that Brittain engaged in unlawful business practices by obtaining sexually explicit material of women through misrepresentation and deceit and disseminating this material for profit. According to the terms of the settlement, Brittain must destroy all such material and is barred from distributing such material in the future without the “affirmative express consent in writing” of the individuals depicted. The FTC has effectively declared the business model of revenge porn sites to be unlawful – a tremendous vindication for the victims of non-consensual pornography. CCRI’s Carrie Goldberg provides a nice analysis of the issues here.”

Read Mary Anne Franks’ full article here: Moving Targets.

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Law Firm Founds Project to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’

“A California law student and a Virginia man dated for about six months after meeting through an online dating service. The fallout from the breakup, however, has gone on far longer, as the former boyfriend faces federal criminal charges over posting nude selfies and a sexually explicit video of the woman on pornographic websites.

Now the former boyfriend has a new problem: A big law firm recently has come to the law student’s aid and is suing him in federal court in Los Angeles.

The woman’s lawsuit, filed under a pseudonym to protect her privacy, seeks damages for violating United States copyright law by posting the video and photos without her permission and also causing her emotional distress.

The lawsuit reflects a battle line that is being drawn in an age when it is not uncommon for couples to share nude photos digitally, and just as easy for a jilted lover to find a pornographic website willing to post them online.

The litigation is the handiwork of a new initiative by K&L Gates, a Pittsburgh-based law firm. Begun in late September, its Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project has roughly 50 lawyers at the firm volunteering their time.

 

Read the full article here: Law Firm Founds Project to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’ – NYTimes.com.

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