revenge porn victim fights back

Revenge Porn Victim Fights Back With Even More Nudie Pix

Ah, what a world we live in where the only way to get your revenge porn off the internet is to send a bunch more dirty photos of yourself to the federal government.

Yes, it sounds like a line that should have been in a 20-year-old Alanis Morissette song, but that’s exactly what happened to a woman calling herself “Hilary.” Not to judge Hilary too harshly, because, come on, who HASN’T sent dirty photos of themselves to someone over the internet? (In my case, occasionally the other party even REQUESTS them!)

While it may not be a great idea – we all know what can happen – some people still do it. Hilary’s story is exactly what you think. She and her significant other split up and the naked photos of her ended up on a revenge porn site.

But Hilary wasn’t going to take this lying down. Horrified, she looked into what she could do to get the images removed. According to CNN, there’s not much. There are only 17 states that have criminalized revenge porn, so a cease and desist is about it. Hilary learned the next step is to sue, but to sue, you need to show that the images in question are copyrighted. That’s right. She had to copyright her body, and to do that, she had to send even more filthy photos to the U.S. Copyright Office.

When asked what photos she had to supply, she replied, “A lot of topless photos. A lot of.. in bed. Simulating sexual acts. Every body part you can think of, multiple times.”

Hilary had to send over 100 images, and was ultimately successful at getting the photos copyrighted, but was unable to do the same for videos she shot, as the office would not accept video stills. But she did luck out, being the one who took the original photos in question. Photographers have the right to own the photos they snap, and being that Hilary was the photographer, she owns them. If someone else had done it, it would have been a tougher battle.

Oh, and in case you were wondering if you can find Hilary’s photos in the Library of Congress, you can’t. She put in a request for special relief to prevent them from being seen publicly. Her name and some descriptions, however, do show up in the public catalog.

Ok kids, so I think the big takeaway here is, if you’re going to get down and dirty online, make sure you: A) Take your own photos, B) Send 100’s of them to the Feds, and C) Working in the copyright office isn’t so bad after all.