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Revenge Porn and the Uphill Battle to Sue Site Operators

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  1. PrometheeFeu says:

    “Blanket immunity ensures that revenge porn victims have no leverage to press site operators to take down injurious material or retain IP addresses that might enable them to identify wrongdoers.”

    Perhaps not. But unlike in the case of copyright infringement, the victim has a pretty good chance of identifying the user. Perhaps I am atypical, but the sexual explicit depictions of myself have a fairly narrow distribution. Should such a picture end up being made public I would have no trouble finding out who posted it and I could sue them directly. The site operator is clearly “icky”, but I don’t think there is a powerful necessity to go after the site operator.

    But I am no expert. Are there significant obstacles to bringing lawsuits against the users themselves?

  2. Danielle Citron says:

    There is, at least given all the discussions I have had with victims. Victims have had to change their names because site operators refuse to take down the pictures and thus Google searches of their names feature these pictures prominently. Some site operators say yes I will take them down, but you have to pay me first. Many victims cannot afford to pay the site operators (especially if the pictures appear on many revenge porn sites, which has happened to a few victims I have interviewed). So yes, victims could sue their vengeful exes but the pictures remain online, continuing to ruin reputations and raise the risk of stalking and physical attack.

  3. Alex says:

    Girls just have to start suing website operators and hosting companies. That’s the only way to stop revenge porn.

  4. prometheefeu says:

    @Danielle Citron

    Couldn’t the original posters be made to pay for the cleanup in a damages suit?