Are Your Social Media Images Being Re-Purposed for a Nefarious Website?

Playing Med School Fetish Scandal

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The Doctors welcome attorney and author of “Love & Money” Ann-Margaret Carrozza to discuss the troubling case of a University of Miami student who allegedly re-purposed photos of his classmates for a fetish website.

The man reportedly lifted photos of other students from social media accounts and posted the shots on sexual websites unbeknownst to them.

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But is this truly illegal as they were already shared online?

Ann-Margaret explains, “When we post something online, there is an implied consent, so the issue is, how far does that consent go?” She feels in this case that the implied consent did not include the sharing of these photos on a fetish website. She says in 38 states and the District of Columbia cyber that exploitation is illegal but notes that often the laws surrounding these types of issues are still developing and can be tricky at times to determine what exactly is legal and illegal.

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She tells The Doctors that the man accused of posting these photos could be prosecuted for civil harassment and emotional distress.