REAL QUESTION: I am a web cam girl. I do only solo performances but my ex boyfriend and I decided to make sex tapes a sell to high paying customers. This was a one time thing only, years ago. I found out later that the videos were being sold publicly without our consent. I found 3 different video stores online of our videos being sold and the person selling claims to be a producer. Is there anything I can do about a stranger selling and profiting sex videos of me without my knowledge or consent?
ATTORNEY RESPONSE: Yes, you can take legal action. Unfortunately, once digital content is on the web, it is effectively impossible to remove it entirely. First, who owns the rights to the video? If it was filmed by you and your boyfriend only, then you both own the copyrights. If you paid someone to film the video, then it depends on the terms of the agreement you had with the person filming. See a copyright attorney or otherwise establish with confidence that you own the copyrights. Once you can do that, then you can file a DCMA Take Down Notice with the three online video sellers and possibly file suit against anyone trying to sell the video (possibly the “producer”?). Even though you never registered with the copyright office you have the right to pursue damages for infringement. Hiring an attorney is the first step for you to resolve this matter.
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