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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Soulskill posted about 4 months ago | from the tor-is-a-series-of-eeeeevil-tubes dept.

The Courts 311

redletterdave writes: The Tor Project has been sued in the state of Texas over a revenge porn website that used its free encrypted communications service. The plaintiff in the case — Shelby Conklin, a criminal justice major at the University of North Texas — alleges a revenge porn site called Pinkmeth "gained unauthorized access to nude photographs" she owned and posted them to the internet. She also said Tor, which The Economist once called "a dark corner of the web," was involved in an active "civil conspiracy" with Pinkmeth because the revenge porn website used the anonymous communications service to prevent others from tracking its location.

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Redneck roadhouse (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417201)

Texas has "the Internets" these days? Did they wire up the trailer parks?

Re: Redneck roadhouse (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417347)

Wire? Copper is too expensive. They had WoPC (Wireless over Pringle Cantenna) before we quit running Cat 5 through our mothers basements.

Re: Redneck roadhouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417517)

Can't they string fiber from outhouse to outhouse?

Re:Redneck roadhouse (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417631)

Have you been living under a rock? Austin is the #1 fastest growing city in the country, and it is often referred to as "the new silicon valley." Texas has 4 of the 10 largest cities and 2 of the 5 largest metropolitan areas by population in the United States.

Re:Redneck roadhouse (4, Interesting)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 months ago | (#47417675)

It's also a state where you can be imprisoned for owning a sex toy.

Texas's economic success masks the widespread archaic views of the population.

Re:Redneck roadhouse (1)

Anathem (1983388) | about 4 months ago | (#47417761)

Rather, I think it brings them to light.

Re:Redneck roadhouse (4, Interesting)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about 4 months ago | (#47417765)

I lived there for 5 years before migrating back to the West Coast. The larger cities (Austin and Dallas) were perfectly livable. The smaller towns though have definitely done everything they can do to live up to the uber-conservative, racist, and ignorant stereotypes foisted upon them. At the time I was dating a lovely black girl I had met in school, on campus and in the larger cities nobody shot us a second glance. As soon as we got to bumfuck country though, all bets were off...and I'm a goddamn Mexican!

Re:Redneck roadhouse (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417899)

The looks you were getting in the small towns is likely not because you were an interracial couple but rather they were looking at a rarity in Texas, an attractive black girl.

Re: Redneck roadhouse (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417901)

To clarify: owning more than four dildos is a felony. To boot, this is actively enforced.

Bestality is legal, however.

Re:Redneck roadhouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417969)

You mean the city that most Texans hate for being full of "libruls"?

Re:Redneck roadhouse (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 4 months ago | (#47417971)

Have you been living under a rock? Austin is the #1 fastest growing city in the country, and it is often referred to as "the new silicon valley." Texas has 4 of the 10 largest cities and 2 of the 5 largest metropolitan areas by population in the United States.

No one easier to wind up than a Texan. Austin or Houston, they go down real easy.

Pics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417223)

See Subject.

Re:Pics? (1)

I'm New Around Here (1154723) | about 4 months ago | (#47417595)

Yahoo it yourself you lazy jackass.

IETF next (4, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 months ago | (#47417237)

They set the standards for the TCP/IP protocol, the one used by the packets which conspired with the Tor network to move data around untraceably!

Re:IETF next (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417337)

While we are at it, let's start suing all the civil engineers for accidents that happens on roads they designed....

Re:IETF next (2)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about 4 months ago | (#47417767)

Civil engineers are sued when they make mistakes designing a road.

Re:IETF next (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417991)

What does that have to do with the above post?

Re:IETF next (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 4 months ago | (#47417959)

But only after the crypto library...

This one will be quick. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417245)

Safe Harbor. Case thrown out. The end.

Re:This one will be quick. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417361)

How does the Tor Project get safe harbor? They're not an ISP.

Re:This one will be quick. (3, Informative)

qeveren (318805) | about 4 months ago | (#47417823)

Pretty sure you need a massive lobbying brigade in order to qualify for Safe Harbor protections. :P

Bill Gates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417247)

Better go after Bill Gates too for making software available that can view said porn.

Re:Bill Gates (4, Informative)

Timothy Hartman (2905293) | about 4 months ago | (#47417729)

The Joint Photographic Experts Group probably had a hand in this too.

Pretty sure this won't work (3, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 months ago | (#47417265)

On the Tor darknet are sites which host and trade enormous amounts of child porn, and one which specializes in leaked nude photos of celebrities, some of which have been successfully removed from the web. If it were legally possible to sue the Tor project over .onion sites, it would have been done a looooong time ago.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (5, Insightful)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 4 months ago | (#47417311)

You forget that this case is in Texas and that Porn and the Internet are involved. Quite literally anything can happen here.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417407)

Quite literally anything can happen here.

In that case, my money's on Godzilla.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417411)

Yes although I'd bet money that Shelby Conklin is going to discover how unpleasant the Streisand Effect can be. She will probably now be known as the revenge porn woman.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417477)

She's probably mad because server logs showed that no one wanted to download nude pictures of her.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417555)

Or that the only hits where herself...

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (1)

kruach aum (1934852) | about 4 months ago | (#47417467)

Not anything. Magic won't become real, even if a Texas court decrees it.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 months ago | (#47417503)

They might take that as a challenge. North Carolina made global warming illegal after all.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417559)

By magic do you mean that crazy Darwin stuff?

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417541)

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We shove Jimmy Dean Homestyle Pork Sausage up The Profit Muhammad's ass. Then while the Giver strokes me off I shoot my wad in The Profit Muhammad's face after which we force The Profit Muhammad to fellate an 800 pound Chester White. Simultaneously two Hasidic rabbis open their kosher bowels unleashing torrents of gefilte shit on The Profit Muhammad's head and back while The Giver pumps The Profit Muhammad from behind. After the hog shoots its wad in The Profit Muhammad's mouth The Giver shoots his load up The Profit Muhammad's rectum. Then unexpectedly the Chester White roots out The Profit Muhammad's penis and testicles hungrily biting them off gobbling them down with full porcine fury. We bury the newly castrated The Profit Muhammad up to his nose in pig manure. Two AIDS infected Bowery whores stuff their used condoms and clotted tampon down The Profit Muhammad's throat and crack a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 over his skull.

We then leave him for the hogs to munch on. The Profit Muhammad is swine feed and by tomorrow he will be swine manure.

GOAT KORAN

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ISLAM

Kill all Muslims. Kill all Muhammadans. Kill all Arabs. Kill all Towel Heads. Kill all Camel Jockeys. Kill all Sand Niggers. Kill all Dune Coons. Kill all Islam. Nuke their countries to hell. Nuke them again. Death to Islam. I piss on Mecca. I spit on the Koran. I shit on The Profit Muhammad. I call on the Destruction of Mecca and Medina, the most unholy shit dumps on earth. You don't have to be a Kreskin to predict Osama bin Laden's future. And to all you Abdul The Profit Muhammad Al-Jaraazi Abdullah Mustafuh Atta Quadaphi Fuck-Head Al-Towel-Rag - Your "God" is our "Satan," have fun burning you scum. You disgusting animals, you will be a fresh farm of much needed organs for people who need livers and hearts, but I personally would rather die than receive a heart or liver from your satanic self. Hey, Ayatollah towel heads, you will be sent to heaven to meet your maker. (That would be Satan). I have no ability to stop my hatred towards you Ayatollahs, you better not peep out like a mushroom in a festering swamp lest I shoot your vile head off and harvest your organs for people who need them and cremate your vile self for crop fertilizer.

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Re:Pretty sure this won't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417611)

You forget that this case is in Texas and that Porn and the Internet are involved.
Quite literally anything can happen here.

Yes. Expect Jesus to file an amicus brief.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (4, Funny)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about 4 months ago | (#47417619)

I can't wait for the confusion when the judge orders that Tor be executed.

Re:Pretty sure this won't work (2)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 4 months ago | (#47417783)

I wonder if they'll issue exhumation orders for Tor Johnson so the can carry out the execution...

Apparently, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417267)

The only one not at fault here must be her.

Author of Excel to be sued next (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417273)

In breaking news, Microsoft will be sued by the state of New York for authoring and distributing the malicious software called Excel. Investors on Wall Street have used this nefarious software to destroy the world economy while raking in billions of dollars for themselves.

Re:Author of Excel to be sued next (0)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 months ago | (#47417295)

Haha that would never happen, when people rape and pillage the world economy we bail out their failing companies and praise them as "job creators."

Re:Author of Excel to be sued next (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417355)

I wonder if she can say Streisand effect, which is what She is likely to get for Her efforts.

Re:Author of Excel to be sued next (1)

PIBM (588930) | about 4 months ago | (#47417475)

What if she was trying to get coverage to promote her new incoming carreer ? Exactly what she was asking for while trolling us all.

Better add DARPA and Jon Postel as codefendants (2)

tlambert (566799) | about 4 months ago | (#47417297)

Better add DARPA and Jon Postel as codefendants. I hear they came up with this thing called TCP/IP, which aids and abets people like Tor putting together anonymous networks in the first place; it's a clear case of collusion...

Bonus Points: I hear DARPA has deep pockets...

Re:Better add DARPA and Jon Postel as codefendants (1)

ShaunC (203807) | about 4 months ago | (#47417655)

Double bonus points, Jon died in 1998; if they can get to him, maybe we can sue Walt Disney and Sonny Bono for fucking up our copyright situation so badly.

Better add DARPA and Jon Postel as codefendants (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417775)

Jon Postel is god.

I hate socialists. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417305)

Oh look another Obama crony socialist destroyer of the country sentenced to prison.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/09/ray-nagin-new-orleans-mayor-sentencing/12397415/

1 Down, thousands to go.

I hate socialists.

Re:I hate socialists. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417495)

Couldn't happen to a nicer asshole. Don't pick up the soap Ray.

Of course we all know this is a connected guy so he will likely live in an apartment and get lots of good food and TV time.

Screw the ISP... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417307)

Screw the Service, Screw the Encryption, Sue them all!

Pics or it didn't happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417309)

Sho us yer boobies!

Streisand effect (5, Interesting)

johanw (1001493) | about 4 months ago | (#47417327)

I'm looking at her pictures right now. Unfortunately Pinkmeth is SLOW right now. Might have something to do with all the fuzz about it. :-)

Re:Streisand effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417367)

And you're not going to post links?

Re:Streisand effect (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | about 4 months ago | (#47417487)

What, no links? Bastard. I hadn't heard of this site until I got to Slashdot. Bookmarked for later review.

[John]

Re:Streisand effect (1)

Ardyvee (2447206) | about 4 months ago | (#47417759)

More than be mad you didn't post links, I'm surprised that you didn't post under Anonymous Coward (even if you claim is untrue).

Gun Argument (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417329)

So if they go after Tor for a service someone else provided using Tor, isn't that like going after gun manufacturers for the murders their products help commit? Not trying to start a flame war or anything but this seems kinda close to that notion to me. I'd have a really good laugh if Texas set some legal standard for going after gun manufacturers in the US with this.

Re:Gun Argument (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 months ago | (#47417383)

I agree, it seems pretty close to that. Any lawyers want to comment? This could be entertaining :D

I don't think she has a case against tor (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 4 months ago | (#47417331)

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload. I can be wrong though as im not a lawyer, just recollecting what I've already read in the news. But the web site \owner and its users who uploaded are in sit deep trouble. Don't be a dick just delete the images you know you never had permission to broadcast.

Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 4 months ago | (#47417417)

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload.

Tor isn't an ISP. Tor is both the network consisting of individual users and the actual software that enables the connection to the network, but it is *not* an Internet service provider, it does not enable you to connect to the Internet nor does it charge you anything.

Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 4 months ago | (#47417571)

I know tor isn't a ISP that was a example. I also said web sites too at any rate same thing really she going to sue crypto software makers if they use that to upload the images or to store the images? Her issue is with the assholes who made and run the web site and the assholes who uploaded the images not Tor.

Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (1)

Tharkkun (2605613) | about 4 months ago | (#47417537)

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload. I can be wrong though as im not a lawyer, just recollecting what I've already read in the news. But the web site \owner and its users who uploaded are in sit deep trouble. Don't be a dick just delete the images you know you never had permission to broadcast.

ISP's can be held responsible if they refuse to cancel service for people involved in criminal activity. But this lady needs to go after the person running the TOR, not TOR itself.

Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 4 months ago | (#47417803)

Yes I know that too.

Moral of the story (2)

phishen (1044934) | about 4 months ago | (#47417335)

In the age of the internet, don't take nude pics.

Re:Moral of the story (4, Informative)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 4 months ago | (#47417399)

Especially when you are majoring in criminal justice, a field known for having the policy that any bit of dirt found on you can and will be used by someone who wants to hurt you with it.

Re:Moral of the story (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 4 months ago | (#47417561)

...unless you're good looking enough to make a career out of it.

Re:Moral of the story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417601)

But her boyfriend PROMISED he would delete them!

I just hope for my daughter's sake that this isn't supposed to be the "empowered woman" of the 21st century. Let boyfriend take pictures of your coochie, then sue when (surprise, surprise) boyfriend sends them out when you break up. What a smart, strong woman for the ages! My hero!

Re:Moral of the story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417797)

It's not always the BF taking the pictures. I was helping a female coworker upgrade the software on her iPhone but she didn't have enough room so I looked to see how much room her photos were taking up...Turned out quite a bit and much of it nude selfies! Of course before I started the upgrade I made a backup for her.

Re:Moral of the story (2)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 4 months ago | (#47417857)

No its don't share/give away what you have no right to share/giveaway with others

Texas (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417341)

Let's bomb the universe's butthole, no functioning brain ever came out of this place.

Law student trying to make a name for herself (2)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about 4 months ago | (#47417377)

Looking like an idiot is not the way to do it

Re:Law student trying to make a name for herself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417623)

Criminal Justice is usually a bachelor's degree. It is not a legal education, someone studying criminal justice won't typically be a law student and they're unlikely to be sitting the bar at the end of the course.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

Re:Law student trying to make a name for herself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417669)

Criminal Justice is the default bachelors degree for wannabe police officers.

This coont sounds like she'd be a perfect Texas cop.

Re:Law student trying to make a name for herself (1)

drainbramage (588291) | about 4 months ago | (#47417637)

History says otherwise, it sure worked for sandra fluke.

Insert obligatory Streisand Effect joke here... (1)

Venotar (233363) | about 4 months ago | (#47417387)

Because, seriously, how frequently does this lesson have to be retaught?

Re:Insert obligatory Streisand Effect joke here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417421)

Apparently more frequently than it now is.

Re:Insert obligatory Streisand Effect joke here... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417653)

Probably as many times as dweebs like to say "Streisand Effect" at every opportunity.

Re:Insert obligatory Streisand Effect joke here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417949)

Streisand Effect...

"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (2)

TheDarkener (198348) | about 4 months ago | (#47417415)

Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor? I don't see how this (or any other similar) case has any merit whatsoever. Sue the one(s) who masterminded the criminal act(s). I mean, I know I'm preaching to the choir here... but it's like suing AT&T for providing phone lines to someone who recorded phone sex conversations with their spouse and released them after they split up. It's like suing Sony for providing the video camera to Paris Hilton. Lame, lame lame. Ignorant, shortsighted, lame.

Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (1)

jpvlsmv (583001) | about 4 months ago | (#47417489)

Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor?

It was mostly limited to scratching "For a Good Time Call Jenny 867-5309" on the bathroom stall of every local truck stop/gas station.

And no more defamatory then, either.

Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (2)

neilo_1701D (2765337) | about 4 months ago | (#47417771)

It was mostly limited to scratching "For a Good Time Call Jenny 867-5309" on the bathroom stall of every local truck stop/gas station.

That was you? You bastard; I wasted so many quarters trying get in touch with her as I followed her around the country!

Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (1)

mrbester (200927) | about 4 months ago | (#47417889)

She was never in when I called. Popular girl, that Jenny.

Sick Texas (0)

Jim Sadler (3430529) | about 4 months ago | (#47417433)

It is no great news that Texas has a warped political and legal system. The danger is that this nonsense might actually work in a Texas court room. Tor has no part in this in my opinion. If she has a gripe it is with the person that stole the pics.

Re:Sick Texas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417995)

The real guys behind this is FtMeade, Maryland and their 1% bosses from New York. They hate it if they cannot crack down on protestors.

Sue Earth-Day organizers next (1)

IronOxen (2502562) | about 4 months ago | (#47417465)

I was hit with a baseball bat made from wood harvested from a tree that grew from a seedling planted by an earth-day participant. Earth-day organizers conspired to grow trees in an obvious conspiracy that must have included the 7 year-old at a little league game who lost his grip and threw said wooden bat. Sounds like a RICO case to me.

Devil's Advocate (1)

ADRA (37398) | about 4 months ago | (#47417473)

I can't say much about the merit of the case or common sense, but considering radar jammer manufacturers can be held accountable for miss-use (intended abuse of the law) its at least possible that the case will go to trial. The significant note of the case (if it continues) will be if TOR is designed to facilitate breaking the law or if it has enough legal uses to be considered incidental support, like the internet, air, electricity, etc...

Re:Devil's Advocate (1)

CRCulver (715279) | about 4 months ago | (#47417535)

In US law it has long been recognized that private letters between two living people cannot be published without consent. Only a paraphrase can be published. It's perfectly reasonable to hold that this extends to private photos taken between two parties on the understanding that these will stay published. Case law hasn't been settled yet, and state legislatures are only beginning to take up the matter, so it's not so simple as you make it out to be.

Re:Devil's Advocate (1)

CreatureComfort (741652) | about 4 months ago | (#47417699)

Well, since TOR was developed by DARPA, and still actively funded by the Department of Defense, I would guess it will be trivial to show that it has significant legal uses.

Why yes, we should blame the victim here (5, Insightful)

MikeRT (947531) | about 4 months ago | (#47417491)

Don't want your nudes to end up in public? Don't take nudes that you wouldn't want the public to see. Then you can be a true victim. The whole concept of "revenge porn," insofar as it applies to nudes and porn freely made and disseminated, is ever so much "I want my freedom.... but I don't want my choices to have consequences of which I don't approve."

We have a term for that behavior. It's called behaving like a child.

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (2, Interesting)

ADRA (37398) | about 4 months ago | (#47417583)

Laws exist in a large part to protect the dumb, naive, incapable, or ignorant individuals in our population. Choose your insult and blame society for being too liberal supportive of any group and you can say the same thing.

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (2)

Falos (2905315) | about 4 months ago | (#47417691)

The law needs to protect the incapables who can't secure information themselves physically (eg safe, vault) or digitally. The law doesn't need to protect (it can't) those who think distributed information, that is, data in the wild can be owned or controlled. Either it's a secret or it's "compromised", like it has been since the beginning of human communication - it's just faster now. We don't need more cases of plebs getting convicted over public-facing data, over servers with no authentication or credentials, over "private" data that shows up in a GOOGLE SEARCH. I didn't RTFA though; "Photographs she owned" is ambiguous.

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417649)

Seriously? Under what logic is it okay to publicly disseminate, often for the express purpose of humiliation, someone else's private photographs whether obtained illegally, surreptitiously, or shared in confidence with you?

She's not being a child. She's taking a stand against someone else's repugnant behavior.

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (1)

Pope (17780) | about 4 months ago | (#47417781)

More like don't put nudes on an online photo sharing service, password-protected or not.

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (1, Troll)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 4 months ago | (#47418011)

Ya blame the victim that's what a real man does......

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (0)

ledow (319597) | about 4 months ago | (#47417921)

"Don't want your stuff stolen? Hell, don't buy stuff.... then you can't be a victim!"

Dickhead.

Not quite as big a dickhead as someone who would give away their ex's nude photos to "get back" at them, but still a dickhead of immense proportions.

Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (0)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 4 months ago | (#47417993)

Bullshit! Don't give away images you had zero right to give away stop blaming the victim blame the assholes who uploaded images they has no right to. I was married 33 years I had a nice collection of my sex activities with my wife when SHE left me I destroyed every singe image when the divorce was final. I hate the ground she walks on she the type of women who laughs at disabled people or over weight which I became both of. I knew dam well I had no right to share those images with out her explicit permission so even with the hate I have for her I didn't do what looser babys do.

Hey Shelby Conklin... (4, Interesting)

fallen1 (230220) | about 4 months ago | (#47417523)

THANKS for letting me know there are nude photos of you on the internet -- and where to find them! YOU are a font of information and those of us who never even knew this site existed are thankful you are too stupid to realize you just made yourself even more of a search topic. And your lawsuit will fail.

Congrats! :)

Re:Hey Shelby Conklin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417673)

you are too stupid to realize she was the same attention seeking whore when she took the pictures as she currently is complaining about it.

she's getting everything she ever wanted.

except that it didnt. (3, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | about 4 months ago | (#47417589)

Tor isnt a service, its a technology and accompanying data protocol. There is no corporate entity or backer that "crontrols" the network or if there were, the federal government would have beaten this attorney to the punch long ago. Its like trying to sue LUKS deveopers for a hard drive that cant be read by the NSA.

NewYorkCountryLawyer (1)

lbmouse (473316) | about 4 months ago | (#47417599)

Could someone please summon him? I'd like to hear his take on this.

Pics or it never happened. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47417633)

just sayin'

Hmmm ... (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#47417913)

Can you sue automakers for car crashes not caused by defect?

Can you sue gun makers for deaths?

Can you sue the financial industry for losses in the market?

Then why the hell is this any different? Hell, sue the fscking NSA for not having told you about it and stopped it.

Fedex/UPS/USPS are next (1)

Modern (252880) | about 4 months ago | (#47417965)

Lets distribute these ways and sue. woohoo class action.

Originally developed by ... (2)

PPH (736903) | about 4 months ago | (#47418001)

... DARPA [wikipedia.org] . So why not go after the deep pockets?

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