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Scarlett Johansson and the DMCA

September 17, 2011

Everybody has probably already heard about the hacked phone of Scarlett Johansson and the resulting photos that are now online for the world to see. I am not going to link to them.

There was just one little detail of this scandal that could prove entertaining for copyright nerds (which writers are supposed to be otherwise they will never, ever make enough money for themselves).

I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. In my unqualified opinion, if you hack into someone’s phone, download nudie pictures the owner has taken of herself and distribute them on the internet, there are at least a dozen laws broken, depending on the location of the hosting servers.

So what do you do if you want some blog to take down said pictures?

You post a DMCA NOTICE! (Careful, site is not entirely sanitary)

The copyright for any photo taken lies with the photographer. If a woman takes nudie pictures of herself with her phone, she is the photographer. Posting these pictures on a blog without her permission is COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. :-)

All my best to Scarlett Johansson! My sympathies for the emotional pain this violation of her privacy must have caused her.

Of course the internet never forgets. People download it, distribute it over torrent networks, filesharers and filehosters. These images will, unfortunately, remain in circulation forever.

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3 Comments
  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a publicity stunt. OTOH, was it really necessary to sic the FBI on this? Yes, I’m sure it’s shocking to be hacked, but why do you have naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone without some hefty encryption at least…

    • Sending naked pictures (sexting) is foolish. Even if the girl in question never leaves her phone lying around, there is no guarantee that her boyfriend doesn’t show it around or uses them for revenge when the relationship ends.

  2. Eggggsactly.

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