“Revenge porn site operators ordered to pay woman $385K” by Steven Musil

Steven Musil of Cnet describes a recent ruling that ordered the owners of You Got Posted to pay an anonymous plaintiff $385K in retribution. This is an excerpt from a recent Cnet article. The source of this excerpt is http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57620619-93/revenge-porn-site-operators-ordered-to-pay-woman-$385k/

“US District Judge Gregory L. Frost entered the default judgment Tuesday against Eric Chanson and Kevin Bollaert, who ran You Got Posted, a Web site that allegedly posted more than 10,000 sexually explicit photographs of individuals without their permission and then demanded payment for removal of the images.

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‘The message this $385,000 judgment sends to people who run revenge porn sites is unambiguous,’ Randazza [the plaintiff’s attorney] wrote. ‘These sites irreparably harm their victims, and often without any criminal action against them. In this case, a civil suit allowed our client to obtain justice against the people who exploited her.’

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The site required uploaded images be accompanied by the subject’s full name, address, age, and social media profiles, according to the criminal complaint.

Victims wanting their images and information removed from the site were directed to a second Web site Bollaert created called Changemyreputation.com, where they could pay $250 to $350 to have their information removed, according to court documents. Between December 2012 and September 2013, Bollaert collected more than $10,000 from victims wishing to have their images and information removed from Ugotposted.com, prosecutors allege.”

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Steven Musil is the night news editor at CNET News. Before joining CNET News in 2000, Steven spent 10 years at various Bay Area newspapers.