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CA: Woman awarded $6.45 million in revenge porn case

[cnn.com 4/9/18]

Revenge porn can be costly.

A federal district court in California last week entered a default judgment against a man and ordered him to pay $6.45 million in damages after he was accused of spreading an ex-girlfriend’s naked pictures and videos online.

It’s believed to be the second-largest payout for a victim of revenge porn who was not a celebrity, according to the woman’s lawyers.

The unnamed woman, who was listed as Jane Doe in legal filings, sued the man, David Elam II, in civil court. She alleged copyright infringement, online impersonation with intent to harm, stalking and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The case, which was filed in 2014, also underscores how complicated it can be to seek justice.

There’s no federal law against revenge porn — just a patchwork of state laws. Criminal cases are far and few between.

California has a criminal law on the books. But though a separate criminal case was brought against Elam in 2014, federal prosecutors dropped it two years ago.

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  1. Eric Knight

    So what will stop an unscrupulous “victim” from snapping his/her own photos and spreading them him-/herself, then claiming that his/her “ex” sent those pictures, whom he/she now sues? Or more insidiously, attempt to charge the other person criminally and get him/her put on a sex offender registry?

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