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Woman copyrights her boobs to fight revenge porn

This is a really creative way to deal with your ex being a total creep

A woman in the US is making a stand against revenge porn after her ex-boyfriend published more than 100 intimate photos and videos of her online. Hillary – a pseudonym for privacy reasons – has taken extreme measures in a bid to get the pictures removed. She's copyrighted her boobs and vagina.

The photos come from a long-distance relationship she was in, where to make up for being physically apart the couple sent each other nude selfies and videos. But once the relationship was over, her ex posted all of them on various porn sites in order to humiliate her.

Hillary told CNN Money: "(My ex) continually asked (me) to send photos, and it was uncomfortable at first. But I figured, 'You're in love, so why not?' They were very intimate. There were a lot of topless photos, a lot in bed, I guess simulating sexual acts," she said.

After finding out they'd been posted, she sought legal advice to get them taken down immediately. However, revenge porn is only illegal in 17 states in the US, and she didn't live in any of them. So, she got creative and decided to copyright all of the images. But as a requirement of the copyright process, all of these images had to be sent to the government for approval.

"I thought, well no, this must be wrong... they're forcing me to disclose them further when that's what I was trying to prevent," said Hillary.

The US Copyright Office assured her that only the person taking care of the process would see the photos, and as it was such a personal case, the photos would not be published in the Library of Congress. After taking out three registrations, she managed to get all the images copyrighted and taken down, except for the videos.

Hillary tried to use stills from the videos to copyright them, but the Copyright Office wouldn't allow it unless the full videos were put in the application. An embarrased Hillary decided not to do it, thus leaving the videos online. Hillary's won part of the battle, but not all of it.

Although these websites use the first amendment as a way of avoiding the law, revenge porn must be outlawed because of how badly it affects victims. Luckily for us Brits, new legislation was put into place earlier this year that outlawed revenge porn. But it's not just the UK making a stand against this – even Twitter has banned it in a bid to stop potential victims being exposed worldwide.

If only the US would get their act together and ban revenge porn across the country, it might inspire the rest of the world to do so as well.