The new materials, dubbed “Something Can Be Done! Guide,” provides a step-by-step guide for victims. It provides concrete measures that they can take, including evidence preservation, copyright registration, restraining orders, and takedown requests to Internet companies—many of which don’t require the often-costly services of a lawyer. (Without My Consent’s efforts are reminiscent of Nolo, a decades-old do-it-yourself legal publisher.)
A man handed six years for threatening a local Georgia court clerk that he would post a sex tape of her on Facebook had his conviction overturned by the state’s Supreme Court. The justices ruled Monday that the Facebook postings did not constitute criminality or a “true threat” under the law, because the defendant did not express an “intent to commit an act of unlawful violence.”
Kevin Bollaert, the 28-year-old convicted of operating the “revenge porn” website UGotPosted.com, was sentenced on Friday to 18 years behind bars.
Bollaert, of San Diego, was also convicted in February on several counts of identity theft and extortion. His website allowed people to submit nude photos of their ex-partners—mainly women—accompanied by the victim’s name, age, and a Facebook profile link.
The photos were uploaded without the consent of the victims, and those who wanted their photos and information removed from the site were charged up to $350. Bollaert apparently made thousands of dollars from the website. Many of the victims received harassing messages online as a result of their photos and personal information being posted on the site.
On Monday afternoon, a San Diego judge ruled in a pretrial hearing that the state of California has enough evidence to proceed with its case against Kevin Bollaert, the alleged operator of the “revenge porn” site ugotposted.com.
Bollaert, 27, was arrested in December of last year and was charged with 31 felony counts of identity theft, extortion, and conspiracy for running a site that asked users to upload nude photos of victims along with their full name, age, location, and a Facebook link. Investigators said that when victims would ask Bollaert to take the pictures down, he would direct them to a separate website that he created, changemyreputation.com, where they would be asked to pay a fee, usually between $300 and $350. Bollaert himself said he made about $900 a month on advertising revenue from the site. The California government alleges he made more than $10,000 off of ugotposted.
Sites like Bollaert’s often believe they are protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which prevents operators of websites from being held responsible for the content posted by their users. Bollaert pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in January.