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'Stalker Porn' Website Shares Nude Photos Without the Person's Consent

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Perhaps you've heard of "revenge porn" -- in which exes post naked pictures of old boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands or wives online. Now, IsAnyoneUp.com is taking that a step further, sharing photos of naked people without their consent -- along with their full names, workplaces, and links to their Facebook pages.

"Even if you search my name in Google, the [IsAnyoneUp.com] link pops up," said Anthony, 20, of Chicago. Naturally, he didn't want us to use his last name. "Thankfully, no has found out yet."

Anthony, who is one of several Chicagoans on the site, calls his pictures "a 2-year-old mistake." He doesn't know who submitted them, and the site won't take them down.

"I've tried to do everything I can to get myself off. Nothing has worked," he said. "It makes me angry."

How can a site like this even exist?

The site's operator believes he's protected by a law called the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which includes a section that says websites aren't necessarily responsible for the content that users submit.

"It's other people who are hurting other people," said IsAnyoneUp.com publicist Paul Cibrano. "We're just creating a forum for it."

We asked Cibrano about a 19-year-old Chicago-area woman we interviewed who said she thought about killing herself after seeing her pictures on the site.

"We don't want to see anyone physically inflict pain and harm on themselves, we totally don't want to be a part of that," Cibrano said. "I'm not the one who posts the photos."

You can imagine how strange it was when that same publicist begged us not to use his interview, after he got a call from a lawyer.

Cibrano: I'm asking you as a favor. Please do not do this.

Chambers: Okay, hold on a second. You are now asking me for a favor. You are a publicist for a website that putting people's naked pictures up, their full names, where they work and people are asking you to take them down and your policy is absolutely freakin' not. And now you're saying to me, as a favor, please don't show the interview that you just shot. Do you find that a bit ironic?

Cibrano: Umm... I know it's a little out there.

Chambers: It's a lot out there. it's a lot out there."

And eventually he backed off that request.

Regardless, Chicago technology attorney Evan Brown said the biggest problem is that the site is violating copyright law. Brown said if you take a picture of yourself, you own the copyright even if you willingly send it to a boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse.

Brown has already had two clients whose pictures were posted on the site.

"Once there are enough people who get angry enough and have enough resources to challenge it, the site operator will realize that it's not worth his while to keep the site up," Brown said.

That's the thing: Many have threatened to sue IsAnyoneup.com, but up to now, no one has actually seen a lawsuit all the way through. If that happens, the question of what is legal and what isn't could be answered by a judge and jury.

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