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‘Revenge porn’ victim seeks new laws in Kansas, Missouri – KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)

Revenge porn victim seeks new laws in Kansas and Missouri
Alecia Clemmons’ world changed after someone posted online naked pictures that her former husband had taken, along with her name and address.

The Kansas City-area woman had to move, get a new job and endure a torrent of abusive and sexually suggestive emails and messages.

Clemmons was “absolutely astounded,” to discover that what happened to her — called “revenge porn” — is not illegal in Kansas or Missouri, The Kansas City Star reported.

It’s illegal in both states to photograph people without their knowledge or to use compromising pictures for blackmail, but it is not illegal to make public pictures taken during an intimate relationship, even without the consent of the person pictured.

The single mother of two sons said that after she recovered from the initial humiliation, she decided to advocate for change. Clemmons testified last year in favor of bills in Kansas and Missouri that would criminalize “revenge porn,” but neither measure made it out of committee.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton, a Republican from Overland Park, Kansas, who introduced a revenge porn bill, said laws need to catch up with cellphone technology. She also said that some legislators still have an attitude that people who share those types of pictures deserve whatever they get.

Rep. Kevin Engler, a Republican from Farmington, proposed a similar bill in Missouri.

“It destroys lives,” he said. “It needs to be addressed.”

Clemmons said her life was turned upside down, having to endure aggressive emails and messages from “every scumbag in the world.”

“It was awful,” she said. “They said such grotesque things.”

She has met many other victims and started a Facebook group, “End Revenge Pornography Missouri & Kansas,” to educate the public. She said she is especially concerned after hearing stories of teenagers who committed suicide after they discovered their pictures were online.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have revenge porn laws.

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Staffer for Queensland treasurer resigns after ‘revenge porn’ accusations

A staffer for the Queensland treasurer has resigned over accusations of posting revenge porn and domestic violence against his former partner.

The 33-year-old man had a domestic and family violence protection order taken out against him in May and his 32-year-old ex-partner has accused him of posting naked images of her on chatroom message boards.

The man worked in treasurer Curtis Pitt’s electorate office in Cairns in far north Queensland and police are investigating the revenge porn allegations.

Pitt said he was “shocked” by the claims and the [the ex-partner] order that had been taken out against the man after the government’s screening process was completed.

The man released a statement saying he had resigned out of guilt and said the treasurer was a heartfelt and honourable person.

“I’m not a deviant,” he said. “I just want to explore my sexuality, I’m into threesomes and group sex, I’m not into the stereotypical relationship, and when [the ex-partner] and I were together we had an open relationship and shared our images with lots of other like-minded people.

“I was emotionally abusive towards her in our relationship but I never hit her, and I refute the claims of revenge porn – and as embarrassing and humiliating as all this is, mud sticks.”

Pitt learned of the allegations on Friday after being approached by the Brisbane newspaper the Courier-Mail.

“I’ve been shocked to learn of these allegations and I’m extremely disappointed that such a serious matter was never disclosed to me,” he said. “Given the expected public attention regarding this case I’m certainly concerned about what impact this has on everyone involved including his children and other family members.

“Domestic violence must be brought out of the shadows to protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

Pitt called for the privacy of the individuals to be respected.

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Facebook silent on federal revenge porn bill amid delays

Facebook is backing the criminalization of so-called revenge porn but has yet to take a public position on broader draft legislation in Congress.

Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety, said on Tuesday the company is focused on targeting the people who post intimate or nude images of others online without their consent. But she hesitated to say whether the company would back legislation that holds technology companies liable if they do not promptly remove the images when asked.

“I haven’t seen the federal legislation, so I am loath to comment on the federal legislation,” she told reporters after a presentation about Facebook’s projects and products dedicated to enhancing the “social good.”

“We do not tolerate revenge porn on Facebook, and we have reporting folks that do allow people to report and to take it down, and we do support the criminalization for people who post that non-consensual content,” she said.

“I think we really focus in on the people who are actually sharing those images without the consent of another person and on that behavior,” she added at another point.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has been working to unveil federal legislation and has had talks with tech companies and civil liberties groups about it. But the bill’s introduction has been delayed for months without explanation. Her office said Tuesday that staff is still finalizing language with colleagues in the Senate.

The tentatively titled Intimate Privacy Protection Act, as described, would make posting revenge porn a federal crime and would put companies such as Google, Facebook and other social media sites on the hook if they do not promptly remove the photos when asked.

The legislation would not target sites when they are unaware the content has been posted. It would also contain public interest and other exemptions, after civil liberties groups raised concerns about similar state laws that have been successfully challenged in court because of First Amendment concerns.

A number of major tech companies, including Facebook, have dedicated staff to responding to takedown requests for revenge porn and other abuse online.

Facebook, along with Google, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr and Yahoo, recently worked with California’s attorney general to outline a series of best practices to remove the content.

The best practices suggested strong terms of service that generally bar the practice and recommended a removal process of about two days that includes verification before images are blocked or removed.

The tech companies noted that there are limits to what they can do and specifically pointed out it would be infeasible to pre-approve or even “proactively monitor” potential instances of abuse.

In a statement released after she spoke to reporters, Facebook’s Davis said the company would “continue to promote tools to fight” revenge porn. And a spokeswoman said the company looks forward to reviewing the legislation once it is released.

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SoundCloud Sued For Copyright Infringement

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Streaming music service SoundCloud is being sued for copyright infringement. The Performing Rights Society for Music, a U.K. songwriters licensing group, has taken the company to court, charging that SoundCloud is not properly compensating its members for licensing fees owed for streaming their works on the service.

“After careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud,” Karen Buse, PRS executive director for membership and international, announced in an email to members. PRS represents more than 111,000 songwriters and publishers. Read the rest of the story…

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Revenge porn, stillborn baby burials, medical pot among Texas laws starting this week

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Think you can settle a score with a former spouse or ex-lover by posting sexually explicit photos or videos of him or her online?

Think again.

A new Texas state law that goes into effect Tuesday that outlaws the practice — commonly known as “revenge porn” — could land a disgruntled partner a year in jail, or, a fine of up to $4,000, for posting the embarrassing material without the consent of the former mate. Read the rest…

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‘Revenge porn’ case: Wallasey man loses appeal over jail term


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Revenge porn‘ case: Wallasey man loses appeal over jail term
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A man who was jailed for posting sexually explicit photographs of a woman on social media has had an appeal against his sentence dismissed. David Jones, 53, of Mockbeggar Drive, Wallasey, was sentenced to 16 weeks after admitting uploading 12 images …

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Anna Richardson praised for documentary but Twitter slams revenge porn abuse

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Revenge Porn documentary viewers vented their anger at the “horrific” abuse after last night’s Channel 4 show.

into the “awful” treatment, with several taking to Twitter to express their shock and disappointment and calling for more to be done about revenge porn.

One wrote: “Revenge porn documentary on channel 4 has made me scared of the Internet”

Another posted: “Was absolutely horrified watching Revenge Porn on #Channel4 last night. Why the hell isn‘t more being done to stop this abuse?!”

One tweeted: “Watching #revengeporn.. Think it’s awful what people do!!!! @Channel4”

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Revenge porn website operator claims ‘free speech’ defense

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Convicted revenge operator Kevin Bollaert has spoken out from behind bars, claiming he ran the website in defence of [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"].

The 29-year-old San Diego man was [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"]. His website hosted more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos posted by ex-lovers, detailing victims’ names, addresses and social media profiles.

“It was mostly for freedom of speech, First Amendment,” Mr Bollaert told Channel Seven’s Sunday Night, explaining his motives for running the website.

In an extraordinary interview, Mr Bollaert also denied many of the images were shared without the victims’ consent.

“Some of the images are actually of people wanting themselves to be exposed, like exhibitionists,” he said. “Not every single photograph was unconsensual (sic).”

He did, however, admit the site’s purpose was to allow people to post nude photographs out of retribution. The compromising photos cost some victims their jobs, damaged their relationships and even led to one attempted suicide.

“Partially it was used for revenge porn. Some people posted pictures … of women that maybe didn’t want to be exposed on the website, sure,” Mr Bollaert said.

He also ran another website offering his victims the chance to have their photos removed – but for a price.

“I understand that a lot of people were hurt a lot by the website. Especially when I saw them testify in court,” he said.

“I thought it was more of, like, a joke, than damaging people’s lives to that extent, you know?”

Challenged to elaborate further, he offered: “Well, you see, like, on the media, all the other celebrities that get their sex tapes exposed and naked images leaked. It’s more, like, not a big deal. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, I guess.”

He said it took until he was “sitting in court and all the girls were testifying against me and crying” before he realised the full extent of his crimes, admitting it was “really harmful”.

Danish woman Emma Holten, who was a victim of Mr Bollaert’s website in 2011, published her own [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"] late last year to take back consent and power.

“I could never have imagined that my rights could be taken away from me like that,” Ms Holten said on the program.

When asked what he had to say to Ms Holten, Mr Bollaert offered a brief apology.

“Emma, I’m sorry for making the website and I wish I never had done that. That’s pretty much it,” he said.

Mr Bollaert will be eligible for parole in 2025.

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New La. law taking effect Saturday targets ‘revenge porn’


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New La. law taking effect Saturday targets ‘revenge porn
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BATON ROUGE – Sending “revenge porn” can land you behind bars, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday …and more »

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