Constitutional Law Criminal Law Litigation

UK Revenge Porn Law Could be Model for US Law

The United Kingdom could soon pass the world’s first national Revenge Porn bill. The legislation, which is currently going through Parliament, will cover any private sexual image of someone that is circulated, both on and offline, without their consent and designed to cause distress. The bill defines Revenge Porn as “Photographs or films which show people […]

Constitutional Law Copyright Law Criminal Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property

Art Gallery’s Plan To Exhibit Hacked Celeb Photos Should Be Stopped

By now we have all heard that due to an apparent glitch in the iCloud function, dozens of nude and compromising photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others have been spread all over the Internet. So now to add insult to injury, comes word that an LA Artist that goes by […]

Constitutional Law Copyright Law Intellectual Property

NY Passes Revenge Porn Law

Earlier this month, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo  signed NY’s version of a Revenge Porn  law. The law creates the offense of “Unlawful Dissemination of Lewd Images.”  It prohibits the sale, publication or distribution of images in which a person is in a stage of full or partial undress or engaged in  a sexual act without […]

Copyright Law Intellectual Property

Lawsuit Over “Hot Convict”‘s Mug Shot Shows Various Rights Contained in a Photograph

Meagan Simmons was arrested on DUI charges in 2010. Her photogenic mug shot was posted to an arrest record database, and eventually found its way onto Internet image boards. There, it spawned a meme playing on Simmons’ looks and her status as an apparent inmate, which enjoyed dozens of iterations, some of which are shown […]

General Intellectual Property Litigation

Entering the “Revenge Porn” Fight

The capacity of the internet to inform, entertain and frankly change the world is evident. But like all technology, it can be used by small-mind people to advance hurtful causes or just be plain rude. Last month or so, I was contacted by a young woman who wanted my help in getting pictures of herself […]