A Team of Lawyers Wants to End Revenge Porn for Good

They're helping victims get justice, completely free of charge.

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Revenge porn can ruin on a person's life, and a tide may be turning in the fight for privacy online.

The New York Times reports that a group of top lawyers is offering pro bono legal help for victims of revenge porn in an effort called the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project. It is reportedly the first program of its kind at a major law firm.

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Fifty volunteer lawyers from the firm K&L Gates are working with about 100 victims, whose sexually explicit photos and videos have been distributed online without their consent. 

When victims come to the group for assistance, lawyers help them figure out which steps to take. Sometimes it's enough to go after the websites that are hosting their photos and threatening legal action, and sometimes victims must register their private content with the U.S. copyright office in order to file a lawsuit.

This project comes as government officials are cracking down on revenge porn. Just yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission settled with Craig Brittain, who ran a website that posted intimate photos of women without their permission. He's banned from publicly sharing revenge porn photos, and he must destroy any contact info and images he had previously acquired.

"This behavior is not only illegal but reprehensible," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. She took the words right out of our mouths.

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