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March 12, 2015

Here’s a link to the Federal Trade Commission comment I wrote which was jointly submitted to the FTC by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Inc. and Without My Consent, Inc.
It relates to The Matter of Craig Brittain.  Brittain operated the now defunct revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown.com. The FTC accused him of engaging in false and deceptive business practices for tricking women into giving him nudes and for general operation of a business that peddled in nonconsensual pornography.

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Yesterday was Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s symposium about privacy and data security:  “Practicing Law in the Age of Surveillance and Hackers.”
I presented, but not on what you might think.  About the cyber-security practices a Joe Schmoe small-fry law practice can adopt.  I stopped short of describing some of my more outlandish pre-tech,

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The New York City Bar DV Committee will be voting on revenge porn legislation at its next meeting with the goal of expressing a recommendation to our state lawmakers.  I was asked to present the issue.  Below is my advice.
To:        New York City Bar Domestic Violence Committee
From:   Carrie A.

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It’s fUKly.
Frequently we talk about how the term “revenge porn” is a misnomer and that the real issue we must legislate is “nonconsensual porn.”  That’s because the distribution isn’t always motivated by revenge. Sometimes it’s for money, entertainment, gossip, bragging, out of boredom, for the “lulz,” or for no reason at all.

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In a phenomenal development today, the FTC has filed an administrative complaint against Craig Brittain, the Colorado-based owner and operator of the IsAnybodyDown revenge porn website.  IsAnybodyDownright in love with the FTC?  I am.
I’ll provide some information about Brittain’s biz model, the  complaint, and proposed consent agreement/order below, but first let’s talk about why this is so victorious for victims of the nonconsensual distribution of intimate images.

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UPDATE:  Cunningham pleads not guilty.  Neighbors heard yelling before arrest, he poured gasoline on victim’s clothes before throwing them out the window.]
Some are calling this revenge porn’s most high profile story.  The story broke yesterday that Jets linebacker, Jermaine Cunningham, 26, was arrested on December 29,

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Just in time for 2015, Governor Pat Quinn (D) announced a New Year’s resolution for the state of Illinois: end revenge porn. On Monday Quinn signed a new law making it a felony to post sexual videos or photos of another person without his or her permission. It goes into effect June 1,

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After months, er, years, of tight lips about sexual assault allegations, Cosby, via his legal team, has come out swinging against his accusers and the media.   The NY Post reports that a “battalion” of private investigators received six figures to tunnel into the private lives of the women accusing him of sexual assault.

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[Update:  Iggy responds to her critics.  “I don’t lose any sleep.”]
Once again, those purporting to be part of the Anonymous hacktivist collective are acting more “mean girl” than white knight.  Actually, mean girl, thief, child pornographer, and felon.
Their target is Australian hip hop ingénue, Iggy Azalea.  And it’s a case of sextortion:  they’re threatening to release images from a sex video (reportedly  created while she was underage and without her knowledge),

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The NYT editorial “Killing of Police Tests Promise of ‘One City‘” from December 22, 2014 is everything.
It looks at our wounded city and the murders of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, which Mayor de Blasio calls “‘an attack on everything we hold dear.’”  It also talks about how a deranged killer contaminated both our city’s peaceful protests and the injustices surrounding the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

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