Webcam recorded without permission (Yahoo chat, video)

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Old Nov 5th, 2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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I was on yahoo and chatted with who I believed was a woman. I invited her to view my webcam. There were some explicit images broadcast. After the user told me he was really a guy and had recorded the whole thing. Then said he was going to sell the video. He found out who I am and mentioned it specifically. I did not know I was being recorded nor did I give him permission to record. What can I do? I have until 8 tonight.
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Old Nov 5th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Anyone have an answer? Please help. This could ruin my life if it gets out
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #3
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Nobody has the right to record a webcam without the permission of the concerned party. In your case, even though you invited the other party to view your webcam, it does not mean that he was given the right to record it. Legally he canít record it without your permission. You can sue him in the court of law and make him liable for the damages caused to you.
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 10:49 AM   #4
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Also it is a serious crime to blackmail you--if that is what he is doing.
You can tell the police ASAP.
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Can blackmail be implicit? He hasn't flat out threatened to sell the video if I don't pay. He just said I can pay him or he will sell it, he doesn't care who pays him. I think he's bluffing and lying tho. But I have reported the incident to ic3.gov which deals with Internet crimes. Should I go to the local police too? He says he lives in California and I live in a different state so could the local cops do anything? Should I tell him that I went to the FBI? He knows who I am so I don't want to risk him actually releasing the video. I have until weds to pay him. Thanks for the help.
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hi,
well you can drag him to the court for three reasons, firstly he fraud you purposely, secondly he recorded your video without your permission and lastly he is blackmailing you...
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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:19 PM   #7
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Similar (actually identical) thing happened to me. I paid the guy and he sent a relatively legal looking email with the recorded video stating that he was selling me "exclusive" rights to the video and he would delete it from his server after my funds were received (and I acknowledged receipt of workable copy). I figured the relatively small amount of $$ was worth saving the embarrassment. My question is, since this guy has shown a propensity to be deceitful, how can I trust that he won't sell it to some website anyway, or come back to me in a few weeks and say he wants more $$ (yes, extortion)? Lastly, how do I figure out who he is if I ever did have to proceed the legal route, I doubt the name he used online or on paypal was his real name?
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Old Jan 12th, 2012, 02:56 AM   #8
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i had the same thing happen to me and I'm not sure what to do. Should I pay him the small amount of money and get the rights to the video or should I tell him i can't be threatened because i thought it was another person i was talking to. He also knows my name.
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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #9
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It happened to me too. He told me that it was his job and that he would get fired if he just deleted the video. Said he worked for str8guysoncam. I looked up the whois info for that domain and found a registrant by the name of Lawrence Clay who works for Ymetro inc. Not sure if he was telling the truth about who he worked for but its a start.
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Who would want to buy the video in the first place? I think it's just a shakedown/scam and he probably does this to a number of people just to see who will actually pay. I'd blow him off.
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