Revenge porn as a form of Internet blackmailing

RapidVPN/ May 22, 2020/ Blog/

Whether online or offline, there are few experiences more harrowing and violative than victimization at the hands, or keyboard, of an Internet harasser, extorter, or cyberbully. When an ex-lover posts or threatens to share unauthorized or non-consensual intimate images with the intent to embarrass, defame, ridicule, or harass a person, he or she is well aware of the potential magnitude of despair of the victim.
From emailing, or threatening to send naked or sexual videos and recordings to family members, co-workers, and friends, to uploading and even sharing private and personal intimate, naked and sexual pictures to YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, WhatsApp, and even adult sites such as Redtube or Pornhub, the consequences of an online abuser’s actions are often as widespread as they are debilitating. Depending on the cowardly nature of the online predator’s conduct, his or her posting, uploading, and sharing of sexually explicit pictures, videos, and recordings without someone’s consent are criminal.
However, victims can use the criminal justice system to fight back against sextortion and other Internet abuse.
There are different kinds of crimes out there:
Sextortion and blackmailing
Even though this is a class “E” felony, and depending on the degree of the offense, a defendant can face up to four, seven, or even 25 years in prison.
Revenge porn
The abuser, in this case, may face a lawsuit not only if he or she posts the images to cause you harm and does so without permission, but even if he or she just threatens to do the same.
Unlawful surveillance and dissemination
If a person records somebody without authorization while having sex or captures intimate images of the body and does so for profit, amusement, or sexual arousal, then he or she would face up to a year in jail.
The majority of cases involve individuals meeting via social media or dating websites and forming a relationship through conversation. The blackmailer often assumes the identity of a stereotypically attractive man or woman who, after gaining the victim’s trust, will quickly persuade them into sending intimate images or videos or will record sexual content without the victim’s knowledge or consent. The images and videos will further be used as a form of blackmailing them for money or even sexual consent. Both emotional and financial blackmail are forms of extortion.
Online blackmail usually involves the posting of intimate photos on so-called “revenge porn” websites (sites that maliciously, and without authorization, publish intimate images) with demands for money to remove the photos.
“Revenge porn” is, in fact, a gross violation of a woman’s privacy, where private and personal video and photographic images are published without consent onto various websites. This is an act of violence and should not conflate with pornographic content. Some websites have been set up in far-flung territories specifically to host revenge porn and will only remove photographs on payment of a fee.
People who post to “revenge porn” sites use the anonymity the Internet can give them to take advantage of the fact that authorities are only just beginning to understand this crime, but legislation is emerging. In the first half of 2014, nine US states passed legislation to specifically prohibit the unauthorized posting of images.
In Europe, there is also a “Right to be Forgotten”, which can be used to demand that search engines remove links with personal information because it is irrelevant. The burden of proof is now on the search engine to prove that the data cannot be deleted because it is still relevant. The law applies to all companies, including those outside the EU, which serve European citizens.
Like most online violence, blackmails is often used to silence women. This meant that preventing tech-related violence against women is not in opposition to free speech, but rather in line with it. If the freedom of expression is being challenged primarily because of a private demonstration of sexuality, the blackmailers are trying to punish or control you using the censure and/or shame our patriarchal societies put on women and their naked bodies. Women have a right to be sexual when the shaming of women’s sexuality is topped, so-called ‘revenge porn’ will diminish in power.
According to Article 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has a right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”
The Problem and the Solution
Copyright establishes two right and those are: economic and moral. The moral right of copyright allow you to claim authorship of a photo or video and the right to prohibit or authorize its distribution. Photographs and videos are considered artistic productions. Some national copyright offices and laws allow you to register works, which may facilitate legal cases.

Source: NCA, PSNI, CyberCivilRights