Brazilian Court Orders YouTube Shut Over Celebrity Sex Tape
Posted on January 4, 2007A Brazilian court has apparently ordered YouTube to be shut down until a celebrity sex video is removed according to Reuters.
The article says the court honored Cicarelli's request to have YouTube shut down until the video is gone but the Brazilian court wisely acknowledges that the lawsuit could be "difficult to enforce in the United States, where YouTube is based." TechDirt takes a longer look at the issue of who has legal jurisdiction over the internet.Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of soccer great Ronaldo, sued YouTube after a video of her apparently having sex in shallow water on a beach with her boyfriend was posted to the site.
For days it was the most viewed video in Brazil.
Cicarelli and boyfriend Tato Malzoni filed to force YouTube to take the video down and demanded $116,000 in damages for each day the video remains up. Some copies of the video have been taken off the site but users have reposted it.
The video had over 6,000 views before being removed. Most likely the video will be reposted by another Youtuber or wind up on some other video sharing website. There is not much respect for the privacy of the sex life of celebrities out there on the interweb.