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Friday, March 7, 2014

Revenge porn victim sues Yahoo and Google for continued use of her photos

The Courthouse News Service reports that Yahoo and Google face allegations that they've continued to link to revenge porn photos for which the victim holds copyrights. The article states:

After suing a "revenge porn" site in a class action, a Texas woman is going after Yahoo and Google in Federal Court, for allegedly linking to sexually explicit images of her.

 

Google-zipHollie Toups, sued the search engine operators Thursday in Beaumont, Texas, Federal Court. She also sued the website myex.com.

 

In January 2013, Toups and 15 other women sued Texxxan.com and web host GoDaddy.com, among others, in Orange County (Texas) Court. The women alleged their intimate photos and private facts were published on Texxxan.com without authorization and that the site is "significantly designed to cause severe embarrassment, humiliation, and emotional distress to all of the women plaintiffs." The class claimed Texxan.com served no useful, social or economic purpose - that it was "merely a blight upon society and a sick, cowardly enterprise."

 

Orange County Court Judge Buddie Hanh blocked the relaunching of the site three months later, issuing a temporary injunction.

 

In the new lawsuit, Toups claims Yahoo and Google continue to host and/or link to photographs to which she holds copyrights.

 

"Toups has provided proper notice to each of these defendants, requesting that they take down all links that would show these copyrighted photos, and all images showing these copyrighted images," the complaint states. "All of the defendants refuse to do so, despite receiving proper notice and a demand to do so."

 

Yahoo and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.

 

Toups seeks damages for breach of copyright and a permanent injunction that stops the hosting and linking of the images. She is represented by John Morgan in Beaumont, Texas.

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