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Such a request or comment may lead to flirtation, which then results in the victim's transmitting compromising photos to the online "friend." Once those photos have been turned over, the "friend" has leverage to get more compromising photos, and/or to demand money to keep the photos secret.
Such schemes are common enough that they now have a name: Getting sensitive personal and sexual information from an Internet user and using it against that person is referred to as "sextortion." In this column, I will describe the new phenomenon of sextortion; explain why such conduct is illegal under existing law; and discuss what steps Internet users -- including teens and their parents -- can take to avoid being the victim of a sextortion scheme.
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A few notes were exchanged, and by entering a registration number at the U. Copyright Office’s website ( we were able to confirm the image was copyright registered and the lawyer’s client was the rightful owner.
Why would copywriters at Webcopyplus pay ,000 for a digital photo that retails for about ? It’s an expensive lesson on copyright laws that we wish to share with other marketers, so you don’t make the same mistake. While we maintained an active stock photo account for our blog with access to an array of suitable photos, one of our copywriters grabbed a photo from the Web. The lawyer responded that while they appreciated our commitment to remove the image from the blog, “removal of the image from the website will not relieve you from liability for damages arising from your past infringing use of the image on your commercial website.” The letter also stated that any further attorneys’ fees and costs incurred to resolve the matter would be added to the settlement demand.
Some of our web copywriters were under the impression that images on the Web without any copyright notices were “public domain” and therefore free to use. The image: a colour 400 x 300 pixel beach shot with some greenery in the foreground. We posted it on a client’s tourism blog to add zest to a promotional article — done. Fast forward a few months, we got a call from the client a couple of days before Christmas, and he wasn’t feeling overly festive. With some pro bono legal advice, a copy of the Certificate of Registration and the date that the image was first published was requested.
Now, however, all that is necessary is a computer, and an online identity can hide the perpetrator's true identity.
Today, a blackmail or extortion plan may begin with a hacker's getting into an Internet user's pc and searching for embarrassing nude photos or messages.
A victim could blurt out personal information which attackers could use for identity theft, or peeping toms could secretly record footage with the intention of blackmailing the unwitting victim.