US revenge porn victim gets $6.4 million damages

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A california court has awarded $6.4 m (£4.5 m) in damages to a woman in a revenge porn case.

The unnamed woman has sued the ex-boyfriend, David K Elam II, after he has uncovered videos and pictures of it online.

The price compensates for the harm suffered by the sharing of images, harassment, emotional distress, and violation of the copyright law.

The judgment was rendered in a civil trial in federal criminal case against Mr. Elam has been removed in 2014.Serious injury

Legal firm K&L Gates has fought the case in the context of the firm’s cyber Civil Rights Project, which helps victims of revenge porn for a reduced fee.

Court Documents seen by the BBC reveal that David Elam and Jane Doe, the pseudonym given to the woman in the case, met via an online dating site in 2012.

Ms. Doe sent intimate pictures and videos to Mr Elam, while the pair were in a relationship, but lived apart in the US.

Shortly after the relationship’ s, say the newspapers, Mr. Elam has threatened to “ruin the life” of Ms. Doe and downloaded the images to several social media networks, porn sites and dating services.

Mr. Elam is also alleged to have represented Ms. Doe on these sites and encouraged others to send him sexual images. He has also shared his mobile number and the home address of any person who has responded.

As a result of this activity, the court documents say, Mrs. Smith “has never ceased to fear for his physical safety”.

To get the content removed, Ms. Doe was forced to copyright its image and to serve the closure notice for the various sites on which they were downloaded.

The court found that Mr. Elam was responsible for the injuries caused by its “systematic revenge porn campaign,” and ordered him to pay damages.

“Revenge porn is a very serious violation of the rights of a person and can lead to very serious injuries that are worthy of to be repaired,” said Seth Gold from K&L Gates, in an interview with CNN Money.