XXX.com Revenge: Lawsuit Filed Against 'Revenge Porn' Sites

Women whose most intimate photos wound up online with their information are fighting back.
3:00 | 01/31/13

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Transcript for XXX.com Revenge: Lawsuit Filed Against 'Revenge Porn' Sites
Exposed to online web sites where private intimate photos of unsuspecting. Women. Are uploaded without their knowledge for anyone to see. It's called it revenge warning and it's frequently the work of jilted ex lovers are hackers. The intention to shame and humiliate but now a group of women is fighting that not going after one web -- it's -- And even its fans here's ABC's juju Chang. These women are seeking justice against the sliver of X rated cyberspace known as revenge -- Where people post explicit photos of their -- how to fight. I thought people have real porn to look at with consensual women and -- they care about. You know a little girl from small town. Marianna -- singer told us she had just turned eighteen when she reluctantly sent topless photos of herself to her then high school sweetheart. You -- that relationship for a year and a half and then. How did he get you to take the picture. He was like lol I love you I would never do that I would never want to share you with and -- mind and now five years later patents. Coming back to haunt me have you confronted him -- I have I asked him to take it down. Now of course he denied it he coasts today. Take serious fourteen of his ex girlfriend's. So it's pretty easy to narrow down who it is. I couldn't breathe and then senate crying -- uncontrollably because I felt really helpless. -- troops has no idea who did it but when she saw it doesn't topless photos of herself on -- dot com. She became outraged that whoever stole the images also posted her name and personal information. Knowing that someone could with the click of -- back pain. Take whatever information they wanted from you and Sharon is really troubling that it almost makes you punish our -- -- -- All the -- -- So women of loss of jobs as a result of this. Most of them. Have become permits all of them -- -- Alienated John Morgan filed a lawsuit against Texan dot com and its massive web host godaddy.com. Which provides web space for 54 million sites including mainstream businesses. The class action lawsuit began with seventeen women and they've been joined by dozens of others in less than two weeks. I'm also getting a lot of emails and calls from women who have been victimized by other sites. The lawsuit claims invasion of privacy under Texas State law these sites they say are designed to cause humiliation and emotional distress. Some even call it involuntary. Porn. Revenge one's been turned to cyber raped because that they take photos. Of women. For the purpose of dehumanizing them for the purpose of degrading them. And they go even further. If they know the -- -- post the names and almost always post the names. If they don't have the address the post the address what's the point that because they are targeting and stalking. These women. And the worst part is they seem to enjoying it it seems to be a sport. A very first six sport for the people. Responsible I was approached and Wal-Mart complete stranger an older man probably innocent if telling me he saved my photos to his computer I literally ran away from the thought I was so terrified because my safeties involved. Kelly Hinson is also pregnant and seeing intimate images of herself online has left her emotionally shattered. -- done. I was I was hospitalized. Because. High -- pregnant thing. Can't sleep. -- -- Third all of -- -- it's your thing. -- just think. Tinkering. Having -- -- because everyone. But revenge porn sites often operate cloaked in secrecy they can create. Phony email addresses phony names phony information. -- they registered the domain and pay for. The unit to means there's so you're suing people who have made up identity. -- current. Absolutely. In fact the women's lawyer received an email threatening to -- post his clients' photos and their names and addresses for all the world to see. Simply because they'd come forward to expose the men -- exposed so much of them. And I know that the name that was -- going to be a false name. However its Gmail address. So -- just exists but they just made a footprint in cyberspace my job is to. Gather the footprints. And then have the appropriate professionals who can put them together and find out what she fits it and then finally owner of the -- What makes this case unusual is that they're also going after the subscriber list to attend the -- of anonymity from the people who prowl these sites. Why -- shame that subscribers lying exposed the guys who are looking at office. Stuff there Jack and guilty they should be held accountable because. There logging on they're putting their credit card and there paint can see. -- exploited. Pain. Again if there wasn't that is disgusting people pain. Then maybe that wouldn't be -- website. Eric Goldman who teaches high tech law says their legal case is weak. Because courts have ruled repeatedly that web sites and web hosts like godaddy.com. Are not legally responsible for material other people post. The players can't win against the web host against the Texans star com web site. And it gets -- subscribers due to a law that congress enacted the Fed the only people liable for content outline of the people who posted. But Texan dot com is no longer up instead there's a message saying the -- simply built as an image submission platform that could've taken many different routes. And we are now assessing the situation after seeing the controversy. The web -- are going to die by their own -- they won't survive. Not because of the law but because the marketplace we'll drown them out. In fact there's a petition to end revenge corn with more than 11100 signatures and growing on change -- work. But these women are painfully aware that they've lost control of their own images as well as the reputation. On the website. He was calling Lance is X blades and you know talking about -- about us like -- slang it's. -- they feel their only recourse is to speak out even if the backlash at times is as harsh as the initial betrayal. It's totally stressful. It's been eating me. When Bryant. Coming forward and speaking out on Friday it depends really -- Because love may not last forever. But digital images just might. For Nightline I'm juju Chang in Beaumont Texas.

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