Revenge Porn: Is it Legal? How Far is Too Far?

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Geek Smack! episode 253 Tech News:

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Sprint LTE Additions
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Bionic Hand can Feel
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Geek Smack: How One Person Profits on Revenge Porn

We’ve seen the paparazzi photos that celebrities don’t want you to see. We know about Brett Favre, Anthony Weiner, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and even Prince Harry with compromising photos and video out there. Now a website owner is taking this camera nudity into a new genre – Revenge Porn.

His name is Craig Brittain. He has a website that I will not repeat to you. The concept – you send pictures and he will post them along with the person’s Facebook profile and phone number. If you want those pictures taken down, simply pay the “Takedown Hammer” $250 and those pictures will be removed.

But there is question in his methods. An Ars Technica article of a CBS-4 interview said they caught him in a lie. According to the victim, he contacted her through Craigslist where she sent him pictures. He not only posted those pictures but also her phone number and other contact info.

There are allegations that Brittain acquired pictures through questionable methods. Brittain says he is protected through Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. If he lied to get photos – his site should be taken down.

The site should be taken down anyway. There is no reason why we need to see the girl next door in front of a mirror with no clothes on. It’s also a great reason for you women not to post these pictures on any phone or website – Someone will find them.

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