Women may sue Colo. Springs ‘revenge porn’ website

Posted on: 9:39 pm, February 11, 2013, by , updated on: 02:48pm, February 12, 2013

With today’s social media, it doesn’t take much for your private information to become public. But a Colorado Springs based website takes that to a shocking level.

We’re not going to give out the name, but it is an “involuntary” or “revenge porn” site that solicits nude pictures sent anonymously.

It displays nude pictures of women, many of whom have no idea their pictures are on the site.

One woman, we’ll call her “Sarah,” suspects an angry ex-boyfriend sent her private pictures to the site.

She says she got a tip. “I went and looked at the site and I just started crying.”

Another woman, we’ll call her “Bridget,” says the website owner, Craig Brittain, used Craig’s list to trick her into sending private pictures which he then posted on the site.

She says, “I was outraged, I’m still outraged. I was sick to my stomach, I was horrified, I was mad. I felt extremely violated.”

This particular revenge porn site also lists the women’s Facebook page along with other contact information like phone numbers.

Sarah says, “I started getting random texts from numbers saying ’Hey, I heard you were willing to hook up.’”

And the contact information causes a link to the pictures to pop up on  Google search.

Bridget says, “I Googled my name and it was one of the top results that came up.”

The site says the women can pay what it calls a “takedown hammer” to have the pictures removed.

But some women say they are spending their money on a lawyer.

Andrew Contigulia represents some of them. He explains you can copyright a picture for a certain period of time after it’s been taken.

He says in Bridget’s situation, he believes there is a good case for copyright and privacy violations. He says if the site owner did trick her into sending the pictures, then he is not protected from such lawsuits.

He says there is a growing move to change laws to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

In the meantime Bridget says, “If you don’t want all the world to see it, don’t put it out there.”

We tried to contact the owner of the site but did not hear back from him.