News broke yesterday that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence had been “leaked” online. The truth is they were stolen. They were hacked from her personal technology. They were posted online without her consent. This is a crime. And possibly worst of all, this is something women are supposed to expect… We live in a society where women’s bodies are a commodity to be sold, whether they agree to it or not. And some of the same people who complain about the NSA or Facebook invading their personal privacy will be the same people searching and spreading around these photos.

anonymous said:

Hi I see why it's wrong to distribute the pictures but once they are out there I find me enjoying them doesn't do that much harm as long as I don't condone it I know it creates a demand but i don't think it's worth abstAining

In looking at the private photographs you are contributing to a culture in which a woman’s body is available for public consumption, no matter how she feels about it. To me, joining in just because ‘everyone else is doing it’ doesn’t absolve you from responsibility. 

To look at the photographs, I believe, is disrespectful to the women, who are victims of a crime, and shows support for the hacker/vile human. In a way, it is part of rape culture, in which a woman’s consent does not count. 

Just because these pictures/videos are available to see, does not mean we should look at them. Jessica Brown Findlay is an actress I admire very much, and as a bisexual woman, I do have rather a big crush on her. But I would never be able to find joy in anything that is harmful to her. And I am not curious to see anything that she did not consent to have given to the public domain. I’m horrified by what’s happened to her.

It’s a question of whether you see these women as human beings or objects, I suppose. I see them as humans. Perhaps you don’t. 

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Copyright Infringement, Hacking and Celeb Photos

Hacking into someone’s phone is illegal in the US, both under state and federal law.

"Unauthorized access" entails approaching, trespassing within, communicating with, storing data in, retrieving data from, or otherwise intercepting and changing computer resources without consent." It’s also explicitly illegal to extort money regarding computer hacking ("with intent to extort from any person any money or other thing of value…") so that situation may be relevant for the images posted online his weekend as well.

Further, unauthorized distribution of someone else’s photos that you only have because you hacked into their phone or online account - whether you do so for free or by selling them - is copyright infringement. The person who took the photos is the one who ownes the copyright (or they’re owned by the person who arranged for them to be taken). So not only does the person who allegedly hacked into Jennifer Lawrence’s image storage account face possible jail time for hacking, that person faces significant penalties for copyright infringement.

It is possible that redistributing the photos - as sites like Perez hilton have done - may also be copyright infringement, and it’s possible that the lawyers for the actresses in question may use the DMCA to have the photos taken down, prevent their purchase by and distribution on other sites. If a news or entertainment site really wants to report on it, they can do so without showing the photos in full (it might be fair use to show only a subject’s face).

Actor Seth Green thinks that phone hacking signifies a bigger issue: that society expects a certain level of access to celebrities that verges on exploitation — if not surpassing it.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/03/seth-green-huff-post_n_5761508.html

I understand what he’s talking about.  I often see fans who seem to feel that celebrity’s lives should be an open book to them:

  • Someone on the IMDB forum for Zachary Levi criticized him for not signing an autograph when he was doing stage door signings for “First Date”.  They thought Zac was the rude one for saying that you had to see the show to get a signing when in fact it was the fan who was rude for expecting that “stage door” experiences are open to anyone.
  • Similarly, some people seem to think they can walk up to a star at any time and ask them for a photo or autograph.  There’s a place and time for that, folks.
  • The way people on here post photos of stars that were clearly taken by paparazzi without the approval of the star
  • The way fans seem to expect actors to tweet every aspect of their lives—“Please tweet for us!!”, “Please show us pictures of your wedding!!”, “We need to see a picture of you with {blank}!”, “Say Happy Birthday to me!”

It does verge on exploitation.  Yes, these celebrities perform for a living.  But, they choose when to perform.  But, watching a play, a film, or a TV show that the star produces for our pleasure is one thing.  It doesn’t mean that their entire lives are for our pleasure and consumption.  It doesn’t mean we are entitled to their private photos, private moments, or even that we are entitled to a certain number of social media updates of their lives per week or per day.

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