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A prominent gay couple in UK Chelsea can sue their plastic surgeon after pictures and videos the doctor took of their pec implants and butt lifts ended up on free porn Web sites online, a judge has decided.

Dr. Michael Steinbrech tried to have the case tossed, but Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern said a public jury must decide whether the couple are actually recognizable in the photos since their faces are not recognizable.

Fashion photographers Doug Hill and High Moritz went to Gotham Plastic Surgery in auhust 2012 to boost their “appearance, self-esteem and confidence,” according to their $18 million dollar Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

In 2014, they found out that images of themselves on Web sites like gaytube.com and theporndude, according to court papers.

Hill messaged Doctor Steinbrech saying, “My implant and ass pictures are all over the worldwide Internet featuring my tattoos and one of them is on the front page of a famous porn site.”

Justice Kern said Dr. Steinbrech shouldn’t have used a video to promote his work because Hill never provided any written consent.

An attorney for Doctor Steinbrech declined to comment.

Source: NYP

Sounds like someone is trying to get rich fast.
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Re: Couple whose photos wound up on free porn sites can sue
Sounds to me like they can sue.
Probably wont get 18 million, but definitely should be able to sue.
 
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Re: Couple whose photos wound up on free porn sites can sue
That sounds like a relatively straightforward HIPAA violation unless written consent was obtained specifically for the marketing uses of those pictures.
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Re: Couple whose photos wound up on free porn sites can sue
Skeletor1989 wrote:
Sounds like someone is trying to get rich fast.


Possibly. But why does that matter? Do you not have a problem with a doctor taking photos of patients and then putting them on porn sites (or indeed any site)? Surely the doctor in question ought to be banned from practice just for the mere fact of what he did.
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Re: Couple whose photos wound up on free porn sites can sue
Koldfoot wrote:
Sounds like a confidence booster to me.

My ass would end up on OldHairyFatAsses.com.

I guess my question is, what is that tattoo supposed to look like?
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Re: Couple whose photos wound up on free porn sites can sue
JasonJ0 wrote:
Skeletor1989 wrote:
Sounds like someone is trying to get rich fast.


Possibly. But why does that matter? Do you not have a problem with a doctor taking photos of patients and then putting them on porn sites (or indeed any site)? Surely the doctor in question ought to be banned from practice just for the mere fact of what he did.

It's not like the doctor put them up on a porn site. He used them in his portfolio of results, which is something every plastic surgeon does. I'm willing to bet that the paperwork they signed included at least some sort of release for "non-identifying" pictures of the plastic surgery before and after. I think the lawsuit is going to hinge on what qualifies as "identifying" rather than the doctor using the pictures.
 
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kuhrusty wrote:
Koldfoot wrote:
Sounds like a confidence booster to me.

My ass would end up on OldHairyFatAsses.com.

I guess my question is, what is that tattoo supposed to look like?

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