Quote Tybee Island: I didn't know that someone could put an indecent video online without the other person's permission and not be in trouble with the police. Is that true?
In the states as long as it's not for profit and not a minor it's a slap on the wrist. The person has committed a crime if they are threatening you with publication and will refrain only of you have sex with them. Which is why Carmine couldn't use that on Lauren however with Michael arrested he is now offering Lauren one more night for Michael's freedom! If you were the person who filmed the event, you would be considered a copyright holder as well, and may have rights to pursue a federal copyright infringement claim. Any media outlet that publishes the material can be responsible for publicity right and copyright violations as well. If Lauren had published it than Carmine has the right to have it pulled! Great law! However, publication of a private sex tape, as described above, would not likely be protected under these legal defenses. A court can award substantial damages and possibly attorneys fees against any person responsible for publishing or republishing the material.