How to Remove Revenge Porn from the Internet

Studies have shown nearly 10 million Americans have been threatened by posting revenge porn or intimate photos shared by another person. Any intentional distribution of lewd images or videos without consent could be considered as revenge porn. In many states, the posting of these images or recordings does not necessarily need to be vengeful. You could be still dating the person who has posted the pictures online, or the person could be posting the photos or videos online for money. Here’s how to remove revenge porn from the internet.

Pride Legal has represented countless victims of revenge porn. Pride Legal has worked with and fought many prominent revenge porn sites, as well as search engines, to get these posts removed, and to have the perpetrator dealt with by the law.

Several laws have been enacted to protect those whose nude photos were publicized without their consent. For example, Stephanie’s law was passed in 2003 when a landlord placed a hidden camera in a woman’s bedroom, subsequently selling the pictures and videos of her online. The court was only able to charge the landlord with trespassing, but the victim pushed for Stephanie’s law to be passed. Under Stephanie’s law, those with a “reasonable expectation of privacy” are protected under law and perpetrators can be prosecuted.

What Defines “Revenge Porn” In California?

Within the US, 41 states have enacted revenge porn laws. To be charged under this law in California, the

  • Perpetrator must distribute images or videos in which the victim is identifiable AND
  • Perpetrator must have the intention to cause serious emotional distress or harm AND
  • Victim has actually suffered distress

For the first offense, the consequence is up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. If the victim is under the age of 18, the perpetrator may be charged with distributing child pornography. As well as being charged under this law, the defendant may also be charged with cybercrimes, sex crimes, and crimes in accordance with any laws that may have been broken. There are three charges that could be filed against a person who posts revenge porn, which include the Unauthorized Distribution of Private image, Harassment by means of Electronic Device, and Unauthorized Use of an Electric Device. A defendant could receive up to one year and six months of jail time.

What Can Pride Legal Do?

Pride Legal is here to help anyone who has fallen victim to revenge porn. Whether the photos or videos were posted online or sent to friends, our attorneys are able to bring justice to the victim. If the photos and videos are posted online, copyright claims can be sent to the sites to force the sites to take them down. With the rise of OnlyFans, many people have been having their content stolen and posted elsewhere online for free, which is against the law. Pride Legal will force a takedown of all photos and videos regarding the victim. If the photos are being sent to friends and other people, subpoenas could be filed for the defendant’s phone to have it reviewed and all the photos deleted. Some compensation a victim could receive from a revenge porn suit could include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.

How Can I Get These Photos Removed?

Fighting big revenge porn companies is difficult. Oftentimes, sites will not remove content without formal notice from a lawyer. Porn sites do not ban revenge porn make generous revenue from these types of videos, and will often do everything in their power to protect their assets. With Pride Legal by your side, our attorneys will send formal Copyright notices to all sites and search engines that include your name or any identifiable pictures/videos. Your face, body, and any identifiable marks could be enough to establish your rights to the photo or video. Pride Legal will send notices to have all of these photos or videos taken down, and if the sites refuse, our attorneys will go to court on your behalf to get them removed. Search engines like Google or Bing allow others to search up your name and things related to you; only to sometimes find personal pictures that should not be online without your consent. Pride Legal will contact these search engines to have your nonconsensual data taken down.

Contact Pride Legal

If you or a loved one has been a victim of revenge porn, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.