Victims Of ‘Revenge Porn’ Are Now Eligible For Pro Bono Legal Representation
Revenge Porn is absolutely despicable. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s when a couple breaks up and one of the persons goes on to post naked photos or sexual videos of the couple (or other person) to the Internet.
Revenge Porn has been making huge headlines ever since the rise of camera phones. From a recent British newspaper lobbying to have ‘revenge porn’ classified as a sex crime, to a woman who won $500,000 in civil court, it’s always making huge headlines because as of yet there is no standard by which to treat it in court.
I’d be SHOCKED if people reading this right now haven’t experienced first hand the fallout from a revenge porn case, whether or not it was reported. It’s everywhere.
Law firm K&L Gates last month announced they’d be offering pro bono work for the victims of revenge porn.
From the National Law Journal:
Despite its prevalence, revenge porn victims face challenges in pursuing legal remedies against those who post sexually explicit photos of them on the Internet. Last month, K&L Gates launched the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, a first-of-its kind pro bono initiative to represent victims of revenge porn.
David Bateman, a partner in the firm’s Seattle office, is co-founder of the project. He talked to The National Law Journal about how lawyers have assisted those victims. The remarks below have been edited for length and clarity.
NLJ: What is revenge porn?
David Bateman: Revenge porn, simply speaking, is the publication of sexually explicit images without the permission of the person who’s imaged. It’s unbelievably common with the younger generation these days to exchange these types of images and do it electronically. It’s the posting of those types of materials that are exchanged in confidence and intended to be kept in confidence.
NLJ: How did you specifically come across revenge porn as a cutting-edge legal issue?
Bateman: One of my colleagues in the Miami office, Elisa D’Amico, worked with a local women’s group there and was more knowledgeable about the revenge porn issue. She came to me to ask for cyberforensic help. Often, it takes some type of forensic knowledge to track down the person who’s actually posting things online. That’s what I do for a living—catch bad guys on the Internet. This is just another form of Internet malicious behavior.
To read the full interview you on The National Law Journal you can click that link.
The Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project was born when two attorneys at K&L Gates recognized an epidemic and realized they could help. David Bateman is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in Internet, technology, and intellectual property law. He is a nationally recognized leader in his field who has been lead counsel in hundreds of lawsuits against spammers, phishers, and other Internet offenders. Elisa D’Amico is a senior associate whose practice focuses, in part, on Internet marketing and general commercial disputes. She became heavily interested in the revenge porn epidemic earlier in 2014 and through her work with the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Professor Mary Anne Franks, and Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), she recognized a need for a nationwide (and global) revenge porn pro bono project.
So if you or anyone you know has been the victim of a revenge porn crime you now have the tools and support to see your case through to the end.