TheDirty.com is a rather interesting site because while it does source the majority of its content from users, the site is more of a blended site. Unlike on Facebook or Twitter where 100% of content is user generated and not subject to editorial control, there is some level of editorial control on at least the main page of TheDirty.com. On this main page site creator Nik Richie and others select the stories that will be featured and may editorialize by adding commentary that is typically rather acerbic. The site also offers subpages broken down by city, college, and other criteria. These pages can offer a potential online attacker a specifically targeted forum where defamatory posts can do significant amounts of damage.
If you are being targeted by an online abuser with false, malicious, and defamatory postings the Internet Defamation Lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to have the offending photo removed. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (216) 831-0042 today or contact us online.
TheDirty.com is responsive to DMCA Takedown Requests & May Remove Revenge Porn Images
As a user-generated content website, TheDirty.com and other similar sites receive broad protects through Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Under this provision, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker any information provided by another information content provider.” Therefore, websites like TheDirty.com fall within a safe harbor provision which protects the site and entity from legal liability flowing from the photos or other content posted on the website. However, despite the fact that the site does have these protections, there are options for individuals who are being defamed by the posting of certain photos and other items.
First, TheDirty.com states that the site is responsive to DMCA requests. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a federal law that permits intellectual property rights holders to send takedown notices when an image or other protected work is used without authorization. To send a valid DMCA request the individual must typically include identifying information, the location where the infringing materials are located, a description of the protected works, a statement indicating your good-faith belief that the work is infringing and unauthorized, and a signature. Furthermore the request must be made under the penalty of perjury.
Aside from the DMCA takedown approach, TheDirty.com also claims that it will attempt to be responsive to photos posted as part of revenge porn. In fact, the site’s legal FAQ states that “…revenge porn is bad. It has no place on our site.” Unfortunately from this promising starting point the site then hems and haws regarding how difficult it is to differentiate revenge porn from legitimately posted photos that happen to be risqué or sexual in nature. The approach taken by the site means that you will likely be required to present significant amounts of proof to show that the defamatory photo is revenge porn. An experienced attorney can help submit ample evidence for a takedown in these circumstances.
The Dirty.com states that it will not typically remove a post simply because the author requests its removal. The site also states that it will not remove a post due to a monetary payment or for a promise to provide monetary or other compensation. Furthermore, the site says that because “it’s very hard to tell what’s bullying and what’s not” it also will typically refrain from removing photos in the case of cyber bullying allegations.
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The posting of an unflattering photograph or a private image that was not meant for widespread viewing and consumption can be extremely embarrassing and can have significant impacts on one’s professional and social lives. Individuals may use websites like TheDirty.com to post embarrassing photographs to embarrass and humiliate the target. Unfortunately sites like these often have removal policies that sound fair, but essentially boil down to the fact that they are unwilling to police or curate the content posted to the website. The Internet Defamation Lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to remove defamatory images from websites like TheDirty.com. If we are unable to secure the photo’s removal, we guarantee your money back. To schedule a no-obligation legal consultation call our firm at (216) 831-0042 today or contact us online.