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Revenge Porn

First comes love, then comes…the breakup, and all too often it’s a nasty one. Unfortunately, you may have more to deal with than just a broken heart. Namely, when your ex becomes vindictive, how do you keep those naked pictures you sexted him off of the internet?

Sending sexy pics over Snapchat or text message is commonplace in our digital world. Eight in ten adults cop to sending a naughty text in the last year, and doing so might even have potential benefits for relationships. While sending flirty texts might help to keep the romance alive, no one  (with the exception of Kim K.) wants their private parts displayed for the world to see. Luckily, laws across the country are starting to get it right. Currently 34 states + D.C. have passed legislation criminalizing the distribution of nude pictures without consent, and Google announced it would remove links containing unauthorized images and video from search results upon request per its new policy. Most state laws make it illegal to share nude images to exhort or harass. Some laws, like one in Texas, go one step further and explicitly ban threats to disclose intimate pictures. Under a similar law in Louisiana, anyone who shares a nudey will now face up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The Sunshine State’s revenge porn law appears to offer injunctive relief to prevent any violation of the law (i.e. stopping publication of the pics before it happens).  Unfortunately, revenge porn laws are one step behind your spiteful ex, and some victims are having to get creative to get their pics off the web, some even going so far as to copyright their own breasts. If you took the picture yourself, then you own the copyright, and you can sue the website displaying the photos for copyright infringement.

The Verdict: 

If you and your partner are contract-savvy, there are ways to prevent dissemination of private pictures through “social media prenuptial agreements” – think of it as the naked picture version of a prenup. But let’s be honest, most of us don’t plan past lunch, much less for situations like this. If you’re already the victim of revenge pictures, make sure you document the images online. Before you sue your ex, ask the websites to take down the picture. If that doesn’t work, you can try to bury the pictures deep down in google results. Finally, know what law your state has in place to take him down, and the pictures too.  And next time, stick to the polaroid version. Here’s a list of the prettiest insta-cameras out there.

 

  1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera
  2. Impossible Project Polaroid 600 Instant Camera
  3. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

 

Featured Image: Joann Fabric

Lady J | January 30, 2017

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