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News anchor hits Facebook, Reddit with $10 million lawsuit after sexualized image appears...

By midian182 · 7 replies
Sep 9, 2019
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  1. The question of whether websites should be held liable for the content they host has once again reared its head. In this instance, Fox 29 News’ Karen Hepp has filed a suit claiming the platforms violated her rights of publicity and damaged her reputation by showing the picture.

    Hepp says she discovered the photo had surfaced online two years ago. It was used in “a Facebook ad promising meetups with ‘single women,’ an unspecified ad for erectile dysfunction [on XNXX], a Reddit forum for sexualized pictures of older women [r/OBSF], and the ‘MILF’ tag on Imgur,” writes The Verge.

    The suit claims that the version uploaded to Giphy had been modified, stating that “a video appears in the background of a man—who is hiding behind a glass commercial freezer door and masturbating—to what would appear, from his perspective, to be the backside of Plaintiff.”

    Hepp says she didn’t realize the photo had been taken and doesn’t remember the name or location of the store, though the suit narrows it down to somewhere in New York. How it ended up online is also unknown.

    The suit demands the sites remove the photos immediately and seeks compensatory damages of more than $10 million, but section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives websites a large degree of liability protection against user-generated content, which includes ads. Hepp would likely find it easier to sue the person who posted the images.

    According to Hepp’s legal team, she “maintains an exclusive entitlement to control the commercial value of her name and/or likeness and to prevent others from exploiting it without permission.”

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  2. Nobodysfool

    Nobodysfool TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +28

    I'm not supposed to laugh at this, but I did...
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,590   +3,188

    News here are getting more technical every day.

    Oh wait, I bet her news channel is all about computer technology. :)
    p51d007, Burty117 and rrwards like this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,680   +4,025

    WOW ..... if I could land some "computer technology" like that, I'd never leave the house!!!
    p51d007 and Capaill like this.
  5. PurpleYoda

    PurpleYoda TS Enthusiast Posts: 62   +23

    I don't consider myself as a photography expert but the pic they are showing looks to me of someone clearly 'posing' for a photo so for her to say she didn't know it was taken seems a bit thin...;-)
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 837   +642

    Bottom line? Don't go out in public you wouldn't want a photo of.

    For ladies, it will most likely attract the kind of man to objectify you. The relationship nearly always doesn't go well, and the rest of us have to hear about the problems. Don't dress yourself to purposefully promote adultery in others.
  7. PurpleYoda

    PurpleYoda TS Enthusiast Posts: 62   +23

    Say whaaaat now??? 8-/
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    Bottom line: Stop using the little head for big head thoughts! :laughing:
    Odium, p51d007 and Kibaruk like this.

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