Only Fans & Revenge Porn

This is a topic I’ve seen floating around Twitter lately, one that I had expected to crop up eventually. If an individual sells content to an individual, and that individual then shares that content for free with other individuals, is this an act of “revenge porn” or is this in fact a form of theft, or simply just a violation of a website’s terms and conditions (it’s a lot of individuals).


I don’t want to write this from a law students’ perspective, it’s not written with the aims of showing off my legal knowledge… or lack thereof, its more to open people’s minds to how they perceive the whole idea of this type of scenario.


The reason this has come to light lately is due to an individual (see another individual) deciding to subscribe to some Only fans accounts in order to then send the content on to friends/family members of the content owners…. (they’re clearly a very bored individual… that’s the nicest way I can describe them). Sex work in general is met with very strong opinions and opinions can cause the most extreme responses.


Revenge porn as an offence is still relatively new, it regards the sharing of explicit sexual images/videos without the persons consent with intention to cause embarrassment or distress. This offence would seem to fit perfectly with the action of sharing the contents of someone’s only fans account, but is it, or does the exchange of selling and buying the material derail the applicability of the offence?


Within the Terms and Conditions Only fans do state that they take the redistribution of content seriously, however they also refer to it as “pirated material” no mention of the offence of Revenge porn or even blackmail. So are these materials seen as items not to be profited from by anyone other than the creators and the site itself?


I couldn’t honestly say what exactly it is, I could see why people may interpret the action as any of the above suggestions, but all in all maybe just don’t do it, don’t share photos that aren’t yours to share, whether it’s a subscription on Only fans, an image you’ve been sent in a private moment, don’t see them as yours to distribute further.

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