Another Internet porno rat shows up

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Apparently there are Internet sites that specialize in allowing angry and jilted boyfriends to post nude photos of their former girlfriends, without the permission of the women. The ex-boyfriends also can write bad things about the women. This amazes me. What kind of rat would start a site like that? It is the worst invasion of privacy I can think imagine.

Some of the women whose photos were posted are suing the Web site, called Texxxan.com, and also the host site GoDaddy.com, which to its credit has taken down Texxan.com.

Columnist Caille Millner, writing about this in The San Francisco Chronicle, caged an email interview with the owner of Texxxan.com, that great fighter for freedom of speech, who goes by the name of James Smith. James admits to Caille that the name is a pseudonym ‘because I choose to keep my private life private.’

What the SOB is probably really concerned about is that a father, brother or husband of one of the women his Web site has violated would find him visit him armed with a baseball bat and beat his brains out.

His excuse is that by posing nude for their boyfriends so the boyfriends could take such photos, the women had little expectation of privacy themselves. And he has a small point — on the top of his head — but also in law. That point is that the First Amendment protects purveyors of pornography if the subjects of the photos aren’t children, and if they posed willingly.

I hope a judge doesn’t buy that. The women may have posed willingly, but not so their photos could be broadcast to all and sundry.

As you might imagine, some in the shadow Internet world are sticking up for Texxxan.

But other Internet users are standing up for the women. Good for them.

 

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