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Mom sues after breastfeeding video spliced into porn

By David Edwards
Thursday, August 9, 2012 13:11 EDT
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A New Jersey mother has filed a lawsuit against a parenting website after an educational video of her breastfeeding ended being distributed on the Internet as pornography.

MaryAnn Sahoury told WNBC that she agreed to be in the instructional video because she wanted to help new mothers who had concerns about breastfeeding.

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

But after the video was posted to the Parents TV website and YouTube channel in 2010, it was pirated and spliced into pornography.

“When I Googled my name in July of 2010, it revealed a link which included my full name attached to a pornography site,” she told Best for Babes. “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.”

Sahoury said she signed a release from Meredith Video Studios — the company that produced the video — but was told that her last name would not be used.

A judge ruled last week that her lawsuit against the company can go forward.

In a statement, Meredith said it 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.”

But Sahoury told CBS New York that Meredith’s actions won’t save her daughter from the shame of having her name in pornographic videos.

“She’s almost 3 now and I think about what she’ll be in middle school if one of her friends types her name and says, ‘Oh look at you, you’re on a porn site. How’d you get there?’”

Watch this video from WNBC, broadcast Aug. 9, 2012.

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

Watch this video from CBS New York, broadcast Aug. 9, 2012.

[Photo: Shutterstock.com]

(h/t: Gothamist)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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