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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The UK is clamping down on revenge porn with jail terms. Why can’t the US? | Annmarie Chiarini | Comment is free | theguardian.com

“America’s lax response to this heinous crime means I and many other victims have nowhere to turn, and continue to be shamed by law enforcement officials.” 

 

Read the full article via: The UK is clamping down on revenge porn with jail terms. Why can’t the US? | Annmarie Chiarini | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Bill Signed Into Law Making Revenge Porn A Misdemeanor « CBS Baltimore

“ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Added protections from harassment due to broken relationships are signed into law.

Pat Warren reports revenge porn is now a punishable offense.

Annmarie Chiarini’s bad breakup has helped change the way the state views intimate Internet postings.

In a WJZ investigation, Chiarini goes public with her experience as a victim of revenge porn. She tells WJZ an ex-boyfriend posted explicit pictures of her on the Internet. He had taken the pictures with her permission, but posted them in revenge after she broke up with him.

“There I was, and there was my first and last name, and there was the town where I live, and there was the college and the campus where I teach, and there was a solicitation for sex,” she said.”

 

Read the full article, and view the video via: Bill Signed Into Law Making Revenge Porn A Misdemeanor « CBS Baltimore.

Maryland News – Revenge Porn legislation Passed

Maryland delegates approve ‘revenge porn’ legislation

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“The Maryland House of Delegates has approved legislation that would make it a crime to disseminate “revenge porn” — using private, intimate photos or videos to harass or embarrass someone, often once a relationship ends.

The bill, which passed in a 130 to 0 vote Friday morning, sets penalties for those who cause “serious emotional distress to another by intentionally placing” an identifiable pornographic image, video or recording online. Those found guilty of the crime would face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.”

Read the full article via: Maryland delegates approve ‘revenge porn’ legislation – The Washington Post.

 

Maryland Just Became One of the Most Progressive States in the Union


“And porn, oh my:
 Additionally, the Maryland legislature voted unanimously to outlaw“revenge porn,” making intentionally inflicting “serious emotional distress” by uploading sexually explicit materials of another without their consent punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Revenge porn has come under particular government scrutiny in the previous year, culminating in the arrests of IsAnyoneUp.com founder Hunter Moore and UGotPosted.com owner Kevin Bollaert
. Though O’Malley has not yet said he will sign the bill, the legislation’s unanimous support means that his signature is all but a sure thing.” 

Read the full article via: http://www.policymic.com/articles/87303/maryland-just-became-one-of-the-most-progressive-states-in-the-union

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