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Lawyer @MarcoRandazza Goes To War Against #RevengePorn Site Over ‘Takedown Lawyer’ Business Model

Read this disturbing story on how one man is unethically profiting off of “revenge #porn” – by extorting the victims. Please note that the most common victims of this scam are people who allowed someone like their ex boyfriend or girlfriend to take naked photos of them. (Or who took the photos themselves and shared them privately with their partner.)

So the takeaway lesson of this story is… Unless you’re willing to risk naked pictures of yourself showing up at a “revenge porn” site, which will then require that you pay to get them removed, that it might be best to not ever allow your partner to take such photos of you, or to take any such photos yourself! Just something to consider…

[TechDirt] Well, well. Last year, there was a lot of attention paid to a so-called “revenge porn” site called “Is Anyone Up”? The site reposted submitted nude photos, linked to the person in the photo’s social networking accounts. The “idea” (a horrific one) was that spurned people, who had naked photos of their ex’s, could publicize them. Not surprisingly, many people were completely horrified by the concept and the media coverage was not kind. The site eventually went down, but others popped up to take their place.

Lawyer Marc Randazza has decided to go to war with one of them, which uses the very similar name “Is Anybody Down” (and, no, I’m not linking to it). Randazza points out that he has no problem with porn or porn sites, but when the participants are not consenting (and not necessarily adults) he has serious problems.

However, his main issue with this other site is in what he believes to be its sneaky business model. There is apparently an “advertisement” on the site for a “lawyer” named David Blade, who will help you get your photos off the site for $250. Randazza argues that it’s really the site’s own business model. Here’s their business plan:

Step one: Register the domain name “isanybodydown(dot)com”

Step two: Get ahold of nude photos of people who never consented to having their photos published.

Step three: Publish them, along with their names, home towns, and links to their facebook profiles.

So now how do you “profit?”

Well, openly saying “I’ll take down the photo for $250,” would probably create some legal issues for you. So, instead, you create a fake lawyer persona and say “I am an internet lawyer, named David Blade, III, and I’ll get your pics down for $250.”

The “ad” goes on at length about how successful “David Blade” is in removing images from the site, and how it’s much cheaper than going to any other lawyer. Blade has his own website, called TakedownLawyer(dot)com. Randazza has a few damning facts. The registration info for both sites… are by the same person. The “ad” by “Blade” insists that they’re different people, with Blade claiming to merely be a college friend of the operator of the site — and someone who disapproves of the site.

“Blade” claims that as he’s tried to convince the operator of the site to take it down, their “compromise” is that the site owner has allowed him to place that “ad” that just so happens to help “Blade” make money any time someone wants their images down from the site. The other bit of damning evidence? There is no record of a David Blade as a registered NY attorney (where he claims to operate). Oops.

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ARTICLE LINK: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121031/00071620891/marc-randazza-goes-to-war-against-revenge-porn-site-over-alleged-takedown-lawyer-business-model.shtml

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Japan’s child porn addiction – Related crimes up 5x in last decade

Check out this informative article about the tragic #childporn epidemic in Japan and what police are doing about it.

“A nation that openly sexualises youngsters has become the world hub for a dark, booming industry. Now police have decided to tackle the culture of abuse”

[Independent] It was a shocking find: crudely made DVDs with images of grown men having sex with children as young as 12. Until this year, the men who bought those images faced little more than a slap on the wrist. But police in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, decided for the first time during the summer to pursue criminal charges against three male customers in a country widely seen as much too lenient on child pornography.

The police campaign is largely the work of Kyoto’s prefectural Governor, Keiji Yamada. During his fight for office two years ago, Mr Yamada pledged to roll out an ordinance banning the buying and possession of child porn – still legal under Japanese law, unless there is proven intent to sell or distribute. Even if the makers are arrested, the images circulate for years on the internet and in secondary markets.

Child porn-related crimes have grown fivefold in Japan through the last decade, according to the country’s National Police Agency. At least 600 children a year fall victim to paedophile directors and photographers. “The internet is probably the biggest factor,” said Akira Koga, spokesman for the Kyoto Police. “It’s very difficult to monitor and control.” A new police cyber patrol uncovered the trail back to the three men from the DVD producer in Tokyo.

Japan has long been considered a hub for the production and possession of paedophile images. It is the only OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) nation that has not banned possession of child porn, partly to protect its manga and anime industries, which churn out thousands of titles every year that sail close to the legal wind. A government survey in 2002 found that 10 per cent of Japanese men admitted to owning child porn at some stage.

Bookstores and convenience stores across the country stock magazines carrying semi-naked pictures of pubescent and pre-pubescent children. Many underage girls have built careers as so-called “junior idols”, posing in suggestive poses. In the electronics district of Akihabara, Tokyo’s capital of geeky cool, tourists gawk at cartoon images of children in various stages of sexual distress, all perfectly legal. One of the nation’s most popular pop groups, AKB48, features a revolving cast of members, some as young as 13, persuaded to pout in adult lingerie for videos and magazine covers.

The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation traced nearly 16,250 websites depicting child abuse back to Japan in 2006, enough to put it third on a global watch list. In 2009, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection placed Japan fourth among the top five countries hosting websites with child abuse images, according to ECPAT International, an NGO that fights to end the commercial exploitation of children.

Campaigners engaged in a cat-mouse-game with paedophiles across the world say a new approach is long overdue. “The US is very frustrated with Japan,” says Jake Adelstein, a journalist and board member with the Polaris Project Japan, a non-profit organisation that combats human trafficking and sexual exploitation. “The FBI and Homeland Security Investigations give Japan’s police hundreds of tips on child pornography makers and distributors every year and none of them are acted upon.”

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ARTICLE LINK: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japans-child-porn-addiction-8208043.html

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Exclusive: Jessica Ridgeway murder suspect Austin Sigg treated for pornographyaddiction

PORN USE & VIOLENT CRIME: Jessica Ridgeway’s 17yr old murderer had been treated for severe porn addiction at age 15. ~~ For those of you not familiar with this horrific story which has been all over the news the past few days, Austin Sigg abducted, killed and dismembered 10 year old Jessica on Oct. 5th, three blocks away from her home while she was walking to school. He later confessed to his mother who called the police. Austin was in court today for his first appearance.

[KDVR] Fox31 Denver is digging into the history of 17-year-old Austin Sigg. He’s in custody and faces charges for the murder and kidnapping of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster.

Senior investigative reporter Josh Bernstein confirmed that the teenager had been treated for an addiction to pornography.

Bernstein reports family members say he was just 15 years old and his addiction was so strong that it required counseling.

Additionally, we learned he left the mainland of the United States shortly after an alleged attempted abduction at Ketner Lake on Memorial Day Weekend.
Sigg also faces charges related to that incident.

Investigators say the teen attacked a 22-year-old female jogger. She told police a man grabbed her from behind and shoved a chemical-soaked rag over her mouth. She was able to escape from the attacker.

After the Ketner Lake incident, Sigg and his family went on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They stayed at a luxury resort.

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ARTICLE LINK: http://kdvr.com/2012/10/24/exclusive-ridgeway-murder-suspect-austin-sigg-treated-for-pornography-addiction/

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Man behind “Rape Jokes” “Pics of Dead Kids” & “Jailbait” porn posts of teens, is exposed, loses job

VIDEO: “Apology” by creator of Reddit sites “Rapebait,” “Incest,” “Pics of Dead Kids” “Choke a Bitch” & “Rape Jokes” — Very disturbing! But on the bright side, at least he did get caught, exposed, and lose his job. Perhaps this will serve as a cautionary tale for other sick women-hating Internet trolls who like to post pornographic and exploitative photos of women and children to get their kicks.

(CNN) — An internet troll reviled for his pornographic posts on Reddit and recently revealed as a middle-aged software programmer told CNN that he made “a huge mistake.”

For years, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch hid behind the online screen name “Violentacrez,” creating hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as “Rapebait,” “Incest,” “Pics of Dead Kids,” “Choke a Bitch,” and “Rape Jokes.” “Violentacrez” has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account.

Last week, Gawker revealed the identity of “Violentacrez,” whose posts generated as many as 800,000 subscribers and triggered a debate about whether Reddit was criminally liable for the content of its forums. Reddit is a website where the popularity of posts — and whether they are featured prominently on the site’s main page — is determined by registered users’ votes.

Days after the Gawker article, Brutsch agreed to talk exclusively to CNN on camera at a hotel room in Fort Worth, about six miles from his home. He said his employer fired him after the Gawker article. He had worked there for seven years.

“One of the problems that came around and bit me in the ass was that I didn’t really think about what I was doing,” Brutsch told CNN. “And I didn’t listen to people when they said, ‘You really shouldn’t do this.'”
Brutsch — who is married, with a stepdaughter as well as a son and a stepson who are both in the U.S. military — told CNN he started out posting “mostly soft-core porn,” such as “pictures of naked girls, that sort of thing.”

“And as I’d find porn of different types, like if it was a picture of an African-American woman, I created a Reddit called ‘Women of Color,'” Brutsch said. “If it was, you know, a woman with large breasts, I created a Reddit called ‘Boobies.'”

Years ago, Brutsch created his most infamous Reddit forum called “Jailbait” — images of teenage girls posted without their or their families’ consent. He said it became so popular, drawing hundreds of thousands of page views, that Reddit gave him an award — a gold-plated bobblehead doll “for making significant contributions to the site.”

In an email to CNN, Reddit said Brutsch had won a community vote for “Worst Subreddit” and Reddit now “regrets having sent the trophy.” Reddit also said it banned Brutsch’s “Violentacrez” account several times since last year, adding that it “regret(s) not taking stronger action sooner.”

Looking back, Brutsch said his actions “were a huge mistake.” He claimed he was addicted to Reddit and could not stop himself. The biggest thrill Brutsch said he got “was those meaningless Internet points,” earned when “Redditors” voted for his posts.

Now that he’s lost his job, Brutsch told CNN he was sorry — but he didn’t say exactly what he was apologizing for.

“Well, I am to some degree apologizing for what I did,” Brutsch said. “Again, I was playing to an audience of college kids. And you know, when two years ago, when all of this was at its height, the audience was appreciative and supportive of the sort of gallows humor that I put out there.”

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ARTICLE LINK: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/18/us/internet-troll-apology/index.html

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Watching Pornography as a waste of energy | Reality Creation Coach Frederick Dodson

Here’s a thought-provoking article listing some of the many reasons why watching pornography is a big waste of time and energy. Please like it and share it to support the cause! (Please share it particularly with any porn users you know.) Thanks! 🙂

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[RealityCreation.org] Of the many ways society wastes its time and energy is through Pornography. There are numerous non-moralistic reasons to reduce ones porn intake and the foremost is that sexual energy is a precious valuable that need not be dispersed on any random thing but rather invested wisely. The ancients referred to this energy as Chi, Prana or life force and understanding how to accumulate and channel it will make you more energetic in life. One of the reasons people past the age of 40 are statistically more successful in Business than their younger counterparts is because their desire to masturbate reduces significantly. Thus energy is accumulated and used for creative purposes.

Another reason not to overdo porn is because of the consciousness level of contemporary porn-production. The setting and context in which modern pornography is produced is usually exploitative (especially of women) and viewing humans as mere bodies to be used and then discarded above a certain age. This view of humankind in as well as the harsh and hustling circumstances of the “industry” lowers the overall quality of porn and lowers your own energy-state after using it. If you dont believe this, pay very careful attention to your energy-state after using porn. Do you feel refreshed, energized and ready-to-go afterwards? I doubt it.

READ THE REST OF THE GOOD REASONS THAT THIS AUTHOR SAYS WATCHING PORN IS A WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY:

ARTICLE LINK: http://www.realitycreation.org/2012/10/pornography-as-a-waste-of-energy.html

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Condoms in Porn: One Adult Star Says Yes to Measure B

Porn star @MissAuroraSnow describes how UNSAFE porn often is, and thus why she’s in favor of condoms and says @YESOnB!

[The Daily Beast] [Excerpt] The porn industry has campaigned against Measure B, the L.A. County ballot initiative that would require performers to use condoms. But porn star Aurora Snow says it’s necessary.

Aurora Snow: I would prefer to have both condoms and testing in porn. It doesn’t have to be one or the other; it makes sense to have both. This is not what a girl in the industry is supposed to say, but it is what a lot of us think when quietly eyeing Los Angeles County’s ballot initiative—known as Measure B—mandating condoms in adult films.

Safety isn’t sexy. Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle makes me feel like a dork, but I do it because I know what’s at risk if I don’t. No one feels or looks sexy wearing a safety hat or knee pads. That’s what the condom is for the porn industry, it’s our safety hat.

No one wants to wear the safety hat, it’s uncomfortable, it doesn’t look pretty and it may make the day longer. Condoms are known to rip. Who knows how many condoms one scene will take. If it’s a three guys-on-one-girl scene and the condoms keep ripping it could go from a two-hour scene to a four-hour scene. Only one porn company that I know of is and always has been all condoms: Wicked. They have been doing what other companies fear: selling safe sex.

I have done the majority of my six-hundred scenes without condoms, but I predominately use condoms in my personal life. In real life, I ask that my partners both wear condoms and get tested. Yet when I go to work I follow the standard procedure of working without a condom and taking my fellow actor’s most recent test at face value.

Every month when I get tested, I wonder if I’ll have to come home to my guy and say, “Please don’t be mad at me, but we have to go see a doctor because you might have been exposed.” Because even though I primarily use condoms in my personal life, like most people I know, I don’t use them with oral sex. While it’s not as easy to catch something through oral, the possibility remains, and due to the nature of my work the risk is high. Luckily, most STDs that float around the world of porn—most often referred to as the “industry flu”—can be cured with a single shot of antibiotics. Because these STDs are so easy to get rid of, most performers have a certain level of comfort with them. It’s almost common. There are other not-so-easily cured STDs that aren’t tested for in the adult business. We test monthly for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and the big one, HIV. There are zero requirements to be tested for anything else, but there are other risk factors, such as herpes, HPV, and syphilis. Thanks in part to the recent syphilis outbreak, there may now be a standard monthly syphilis test.

When I heard about the syphilis outbreak, my first feeling was one of relief. For the first time ever, I was so removed from the Los Angeles porn scene that I didn’t have to check my calendar and start calling every partner I’d had in the last two weeks to see whether I was at risk. There have been several HIV scares when I had to make those phone calls and figure out for myself how close I was to patient zero. There are no groups within porn protecting performers; it’s always been up to performers to keep track of their scene partners, to check tests for themselves, and to make those phone calls no one wants to make.

It isn’t safe to rely on someone else to keep me safe on set. I showed up one day with a fresh test, still a newbie to porn and very trusting. What happened? The other girl in our scene couldn’t seem to “find” her test. She was a big star at that time, and she was an exclusive performer for this company. The director did his best to persuade me and the male performer to work with this prized performer despite her lack of a test. When we both refused, he yelled at us, but didn’t fire us. That could have happened. Instead, we shot the scene without the untested girl. That was the first time I understood porn directors aren’t looking out for me, so I have to.

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That’s right, Aurora, porn directors are NOT looking out for you — or any other performer for that matter, which is just one of the reasons why the porn industry is unsafe and corrupt, and why Measure B needs to not only be PASSED, but vigorously ENFORCED! (And it’s also why anyone who values their health, well-being and future should NOT enter into the “adult” film industry!)

Read the rest of this informative story at the link, and please don’t forget to like, comment and share to support the cause! Thanks!

ARTICLE LINK: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/18/condoms-in-porn-one-adult-star-says-yes-to-measure-b.html

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Porn Use Linked to Sexual Assault – Rory Reid, Ph.D., LCSW

Here’s a thought-provoking article on the links between pornography & sexcrimes by Rory Reid Ph.D., via Content Watch:

[Excerpt] Intuitively, one would think that pornography contributes to the high rate of sex crimes being committed in society today. It is not uncommon to discover sex offenders in possession of large collections of pornography. Furthermore, if we were not influenced by what we see, why would advertisement companies spend millions of dollars creating the perfect ad or commercial to catch our eye? Despite these arguments, some suggest that sex offenders seek pornography to feed or fuel their pre-existing deviant sexual fantasies. They contend that pornography provides validation for unhealthy (sometimes referred to as “alternative”) views on sexuality and deny that the material itself creates those perceptions. There have been several research studies to substantiate these positions. Some producers of sexually explicit material are quick to site these studies as a defense for accusations or allegations made against their industry. Regardless of these positions, newspaper columnist James Kilpatrick writes: “Common sense is a better guide than laboratory experiments; and common sense tells us pornography is bound to contribute to sexual crime. . . . It seems ludicrous to argue ‘bad’ books do not promote bad behavior” (Kilpatrick, 1975).

As part of my experience working with incarcerated sex offenders, I listened to countless disclosures of inmates describing their heinous sexual assaults on victims. During these therapy sessions, it is not uncommon to hear an inmate indicate that part of the reason for their sexual deviance was due to consumption of pornography which influenced the way they behaved. This response from a prisoner in a sex offender treatment program is unacceptable because such disclosures attempt to minimize responsibility for behavior by shifting the blame. If someone can successfully avoid or reduce the amount of blame they must accept for their actions, then the accountability for their behavior is also reduced. This tactic ultimately attempts to manipulate the consequences one must suffer for their own wrongdoings.

As an illustration, one inmate attempted to convince a group of his peers that he had never considered molesting his child until he saw similar sex acts normalized in child pornography. Although this may be true, the focus must remain on the individual and his behavior, not the pornography. Part of his behavior resulted from his distorted interpretation of what he saw depicted in the child pornography. Why was he not repulsed by these images when initially exposed? Are we to believe he stumbled across these pictures by accident on the Internet? In his case, there appeared to be some pre-existing pathology and deviant arousal that drew him to these images while someone else would have been mortified and avoided exposure to the same material.

One research study analyzed the various arguments and data presented by other studies that contended the lack of reliable connections between pornography and aggressive sexual behavior. The study concluded that, in fact, there was existence of reliable associations between frequent pornography use and sexually aggressive behaviors, particularly for violent pornography and/or for men at high risk for sexual aggression (Malamuth, Neil et. al., 2000).

Another study collected from 100 survivors at a rape crisis center discovered that 28% of respondents reported that their abuser used pornography and that for 12% of the women, pornography was imitated during the abusive incident (Bergen, Raquel Kennedy, 2000).

In spite of these findings, others persist in their contention that there is little correlation between pornography use and causation of sexual deviant behavior. In part, they cite as evidence that, although many sex offenders do use pornography, there are just as many others who consume pornography who do not engage in sex crimes.

Regardless of your position, my experience indicates the majority of sex offenders have pornography consumption as an associated behavior. It is imperative that these individuals maintain abstinence from pornography as part of their effort to minimize possible risk factors for re-offending. But what about everyone else?

Consider the fraudulent message pornography teaches about healthy human intimacy. It portrays both women and men as objects with insatiable sexual appetites. Sexual relations with multiple partners are presented as normal and healthy, while monogamous relationships are depicted as cumbersome and undesirable. Distorted views of perverted sex acts are presented as exciting and acceptable, and in many instances, the viewer is exposed to otherwise unimaginable ideas about sexuality that they themselves would never have considered. These same acts are normalized by desensitizing the viewer after numerous exposures to the material. Other aspects of sexual intimacy, such as communication and tender affection, are usually omitted from pornography while consequences of promiscuous sexual behavior such as STDs and unwanted pregnancies are minimized. Surely, these ideas cannot be considered healthy. And yet, that is what many producers of pornography would have us believe.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT THE LINK:

http://www.contentwatch.com/learn_center/article/107

Also check out Content Watch’s many other informative articles on pornography harms:

http://www.contentwatch.com/learn_center/article_list/cat/pornography

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