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Revenge Porn: Not Worth the Risk

As information technology has blossomed, it has become possible to take intimate photographs and videos to share with your partner. What once required a trip to the photo outlet and exposure to strangers can now be done with the click of a button.

But relationships go bad. Egos get bruised, feelings get hurt and bad decisions get made. One increasingly common bad decision: Sharing those intimate photos online on a variety of so-called revenge porn websites. The most notorious, isanyoneup.com, now defunct, had millions of visitors. But it’s just one of hundreds of such sites, offering easy access to nude pictures, often posted without the subject’s consent.

But this is far from a harmless, victimless act or a momentary lapse of judgment because once something is on the Internet, it exists forever. Such images can, and will, resurface again and again, causing embarrassment years after the fact.

Whether a crime is committed or not is a matter of opinion. In New Jersey, it’s illegal to post nude or partially nude photos of a person without their consent if those images were taken in a place the person can expect to be private.

But as the group Women Against Revenge Porn notes, state police deny jurisdiction because the Internet crosses state lines while the FBI denies jurisdiction because the matters are civil and best handled by lawyers.

But things are starting to change. A petition, started in late 2012, aims to close loopholes in the Florida cyber-stalking laws that would make it illegal to post intimate photos online.

Internet law is the Wild West of the legal profession – it’s evolving quickly. If you’ve been a victim of revenge porn, you need experienced legal help to protect your rights and your reputation. And if you’re thinking about posting those nude images as a form of revenge  ¾ don’t.  However, if you don’t heed our advice and find yourself in trouble with the law call us

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