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.

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.

Life After Digital | Future Now

The documentary, Life After Digital, that I was invited to participate in will be aired tomorrow.

“Life After Digital is a one-hour documentary about the ways digital technology has changed human life in the last few years. Directed by Marc de Guerre, Life After Digital has its world broadcast premiere on TVO, Wednesday, October 15th at 9 pm and 12 midnight (EST).

Life After Digital re-airs on the following dates and times:
* Sunday, October 19 at 11 pm (EST)
* Monday, October 20 at 10 pm (EST)
* Thursday, October 23 at 12 midnight (EST)”

Learn more about the film and watch the trailer via: Life After Digital | Future Now.

Connected to the film will be a new digital project called Future Now, a website designed to showcase the knowledge and expertise found in the TVO documentary projects, Life After Digital (http://tvofuturenow.com).

Future Now will feature new content each week that draws from the interviews and issues addressed in the documentaries. They will be tweeting some of the highlights, mentioning documentary participants where appropriate. They have invited participants to retweet, or even join in the broader discussion, perhaps arguing where they are wrong, and got the issue out of context, or where further elaboration is desired. They will be using the hashtag #TVOFutureNow and will mention specific twitter handles where appropriate.

Will Nevada Join States That Ban Revenge Porn? | KNPR

Hi all,

After the tremendous success in seeing legislation criminalizing Revenge Porn passed in Maryland, I took a much-needed media/posting/writing hiatus.

I have returned and had the pleasure of speaking on KNPR’s State of Nevada radio show to discuss the issue of Revenge Porn legislation in Nevada.

One of the guests was a Nevada attorney who violently opposes the efforts of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, stooping so low as to call us a bunch of angry women with dumb ideas. As well, he claimed to support victims – even going to far as to say he took on their emotions, yet very adamantly stated that if revenge porn is criminalized in Nevada, he will provide defense for the perpetrators, the people who post the images without consent with the intent to destroy lives.

Take a moment to listen to the show and post a comment – we’d love to hear your views on Revenge Porn criminalization.

“The story usually goes like this. A woman sends a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend, imagining that the image will stay private. Time goes on, the romance disintegrates and the woman ends the relationship.

The man, outraged at having been jilted, then takes the intimate photos and posts them on a porn website. Or maybe he emails them to the woman’s employer. Maybe he tries to auction them on ebay.”

Listen to the State of Nevada radio show via this link:

Will Nevada Join States That Ban Revenge Porn? | KNPR.

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