Depending on the nature and volume of the images that you wish to remove from the internet you will need to create a strategy that will enable you to maximise the opportunities that are there to gain back, what is effectively belonging to you. When creating the strategy, you will want to consider what is viable for you from a financial point of view, and also in terms of time, speed and practicality.
There might be different reasons why you might regret having created or posted sex images. The images you regret posting might have been created or first posted many years ago or perhaps very recently. When the sex images were posted may affect your ability and speed by which you will be able to delete or remove those nude images from the public domain.
The most common reasons why people regret creating or posting nude images are:
The most common reason for regret of posting private images to the internet, relates to the exchange of nude images inside the relationship. This happened when both you and your partner were in love and felt confident and trusting. At the time, it is likely you could have hardly imagined for things to ever go so wrong.
The images might have been taken by yourself or by your partner. You might have taken them and sent them as a gift of as a token of love and trust.
Another common reason for regretting the creation of sex images is in relation to a long-distance relationship, where the partners exchange messages and private images of each other via email or via social media. When the long-distant partner one day disappears, the victim starts to get worried and it is likely that there is a good reason for the worry. Images sent during long-distance relationships, where you have never met the other person, are likely to end up on the internet and cause you huge regret.
Sending nude images after meeting someone on a dating app or a dating website is a major cause of regret to many. Usually either the man or the women are encouraged by the other person to post images of themselves via the app, whilst gratifying themselves.
Often, first, the victim will be prompted to send a non-intimate image but eventually, as the level of trust is increasing, the image exchange would become more explicit.
The hope to become a successful model is still very appealing to young men and women. Whilst in the past, a model had a legitimate reason to believe that her topless or nude modelling career could be put to a halt at any time, the commitment and the longevity of any nude photoshoot has become never ending.
A typical case of a topless or nude model regret, relates to where the model agreed some time ago, much earlier in her life, to take part in a photo shoot.
The photoshoot might have included images that had not been agreed by the model to be published back then and perhaps which had not been suitable to be published in a top-shelf magazine.
In other cases, the images might have been first published many years ago, on a very limited basis, and are now being republished on the internet.
In other cases, the model might simply regret having those photoshoots done, because in the meantime she had got married and started a family. The former model might be concerned about her children and their friends finding the topless photos on the internet.
Another cause of regrets for former models is when images taken without her knowledge, during clothes changes are now turning up on the internet.
If you regret posting sex images, there are a number of things that you can do. The type of action that you might take, would often depend on the circumstances of when, how and by whom the nude images were taken or sent.
You might have a right to buy copyright in the nude images. If the images have been taken as part of a photoshoot, it could be the case that the agency, or the producers who created the photos are no longer in business, and that there is currently no official copyright holder to those images.
If those who created the images were in England, it might be possible that copyright in those images had now been passed to the Crown. In this case, you should be able to buy it back from the Crown and a lawyer can assist you in doing so. Once you have acquired copyright in the nude images, you will be able to enforce the copyright against anyone who is threatening, or who is actually publishing them.
Alternatively, you can write to the website operators who have been publishing your nude photos and who often do not have valid licence to do so, as most images are uploaded by internet users. In this case, there is a very good likelihood that you will be able to have the images removed from the website and in some cases, the website operators might even provide you with information about the person or the people who uploaded your nude images, so that you can trace them and make sure that they don't republish in the future.
If you are worried about images that you created yourself, and which you have given or sent to someone else, you should be contacting that person, or have a lawyer contacting that person on your behalf to make sure that they understand their legal obligation.
Under data protection and privacy laws, it is unlawful for anyone to publish nude images of somebody else, particularly without that person's permission and consent. Because in most cases, the intention of the person who created the images was to keep them in the private domain, you will nearly always have a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to those images.
It is definitely worth getting in touch with whoever you think has got possession of your nude images and make it clear to them that they need to delete those images. They also need to provide you or your lawyer with a legally binding agreement to never make any use of those images and in some cases, compensate you for the unlawful use they had made of your nude images. If they've already published those images, you could of course also take them to court and sue them for damages and have them pay you compensation.
If you are concerned that someone is about to publish your nude images, you could go to court to obtain a privacy injunction to stop them from doing this. A privacy injunction can be used to prevent unlawful publication of any information, nude images or sex videos that were intended to remain private.
Depending on the nature and volume of the images that you wish to remove from the internet you will need to create a strategy that will enable you to maximise the opportunities that are there to gain back, what is effectively belong to you. When creating the strategy, you will want to consider what is viable for you from a financial point of view, and also in terms of time, speed and practicality.