Invasion Of Privacy In Texas – Porn Company Steals Image Of 14 Year Old

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While we don’t normally write about stolen pictures and porn DVDs, this post at the Consumerist is very troubling. Here’s the gist of the problem:

When Lara placed a self-portrait taken at age fourteen on deviantART, she never expected it to be stolen by TVX Films and placed on the cover of the DVD porno “Body Magic.” Lara asked the President of TVX Films to remove her photo and compensate her for the theft. He responded with the following email:

I’M SURE BY THE END OF THE MONTH YOUR FACE WILL BE HISTORY. WE HAVE STOPPED SELLING THE DVD UNTIL COVER IS REPLACED. WE HAVE FURTHER CHECKED OUT YOUR NAME AND ITS NOT LIKE IT’S A HOUSE WHOLE NAME. ACTUALLY, REMOVING YOUR IMAGE WILL HELP IMPROVE THE SELL OF THE DVD….. SO FAR IT BOMBED.

THEY ARE REMAKING THE COVER AS WE SPEAK SO YOUR TEN SECONDS OF FAME WILL SOON COME TO AN END.

AS FOR COMPSENSATION;YOUR SILLY!

Its hard to know what to say to this – seems like an obvious invasion of privacy. Most states prohibit the “appropriation” of someone else’s image to make money. We checked with a lawyer in Texas (apparently this porn company is based in Texas) who agreed that putting a fourteen year old’s copyrighted picture on a porn dvd cover might qualify.

The unrepentant attitude expressed in the email above speaks volumes about these clowns.

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