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Breastfeeding Video Posted on Porn Sites: Mother Sues Company

Breastfeeding Video Posted on Porn Sites: Mother Sues Company

A New Jersey mother, Mary Sahoury, is suing the producer of an educational video about breastfeeding after discovering that footage of her was spliced into a pornography video available on the Internet. As Sahoury told NBC 4 New York, she agreed to participate in an instructional video about breastfeeding in January of 2010:

“Breastfeeding for me was the most rewarding thing I had ever done in my life. I wanted to share that with people. I wanted to really give back.”

The producer of the video was Meredith Video Studios, part of the Meredith Corporation. Sahoury signed a release with the company and was told that it would only be used for educational purposes, that it would air on cable TV and that her last name would not be used. The video was posted to the ParentsTV website also to their YouTube channel — and then parts of it were taken by a third party and posted on several pornography websites.

As Khoury told the Best for Babes website, she discovered what had happened when she Googled her name in July of 2010 and found a link with her full name to a pornography site:

“When I clicked on the link there was the breastfeeding video I had taped with the TV show, spliced in with vile disgusting porn clips of a woman who had similar features as me. It wasn’t one video, it was multiple videos; among dozens and dozens of links all over the internet that now flooded my name and great reputation with this association to pornography.”

“If that wasn’t bad enough, I then find that my daughter, who was only 6 months old at the time, was also connected to pornography as well! I came to find out that the breastfeeding episode that I thought would air on cable TV and their website had actually been actually posted on YouTube, and they were the ones who put my full name in writing which scrolled across the bottom of the screen during that show.”

This week, a judge ruled that Sahoury can move forward with her lawsuit against Meredith Video Studios which has issued a statement:

Meredith was appalled to learn someone misused a video meant to help new mothers. We took immediate action, hiring leading law firms and online specialists to file take-down demands, clear online caches and create positive references. We took these actions even though Ms. Sahoury signed a release authorizing use of the video across all media platforms, and holding Meredith harmless for any potential misuse of the video by a third party.

At issue will be the contents of the release that Khoury signed as well as when Meredith Video Studios discovered the misuse of the video. Did Meredith know about the illegal use of the video with Khoury breastfeeding prior to her discovering it? If so, did the company take any steps to inform her about such a terrible use of video footage that must, of course, be of tremendous personal value to her?

On the Best For Babes website, Khoury emphasized that she hoped her experience would not lead to other women becoming alarmed about posting photos and videos of themselves breastfeeding on the internet and also emphasized that it has not changed her views about breastfeeding in public. Breastfeeding is, says Khoury, “natural, beautiful, and the most wonderful gift you can give your child.” Meredith Video Studios owes Khoury at least an explanation for allowing the video of her breastfeeding to be misused in such an appalling way.

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11:13AM PDT on May 8, 2013

THANK YOU, one of the best articles!

Hopefully, this is a criminal violation, that carries rehabilitating consequences, and every victim gets it all removed and tons of money from the violator!

11:11AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Sue L.,

Great post!

9:32AM PDT on May 8, 2013

This just goes to show how little control we have over what info is out there about us. There will be a generation of teenagers whose unwise sexting will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Even is a case where this woman had good intentions things can easily go awry.

1:09AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

I think the woman has a legitimate case, because it was not used for the intended purpose, AND it was spliced with porn of a woman who resembled her, AND they used her last name which was not supposed to be used, AND her daughter was somehow involved. This trusting woman was used. She deserves much more than whatever remuneration she receives. She has been made more cynical of this world with its many creepy inhabitants.

4:00PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

wow that is ridiculous!

10:24AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I'm sorry, but she signed an UNLIMITED USE CONTRACT. Don't sign the contract if you're not smart enough to understand what it means. My old employer tried to get me to sign a photo use policy and I refused.

I'm not going to have them use my image in campaigns for things I don't believe in.

10:00PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

What incredible sick twisted pervert could find puerile pleasure in watching breast feeding. Ugh, this type of objectification of women makes me want to puke.

8:58PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

thanks for the post

4:11PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

TECHNOLOGY AT ITS' BEST

1:32PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Interesting.

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