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Breastfeeding Video Ends Up on Porn Site, Mom Sues!

Posted: Aug 11, 2012 5:14 PM

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A New Jersey mother was shocked to learn that an educational breastfeeding video she created was re-edited and distributed to porn websites. I can't even imagine what I would do!

Well actually, I would do exactly what Maryann Sahoury did, and sue the pants off the company who filmed and distributed the video. Wouldn't you?

Sahoury was horrified when she did a Google search for her name, which, admit it, we all have done. Instead of the typical few hits (or no hits) most people find when they search for their own names, she found that a video of herself breastfeeding her daughter had been edited into a pornographic video and was linked on numerous websites.

In January 2010, the 35-year old mother had agreed to participate in an instructional video about breastfeeding. MSNBC News reported that the video was produced by Meredith Corporation, an Iowa based media and marketing company, and was supposedly part of an educational series on their Parents TV and Cable channel. Sahoury affirms that the video producer assured her that the material would only be used for the educational video, and that only her first name would be used. But the company ended up posting the video on YouTube with her full name included. Someone then spliced the video clip into a pornographic film.

Sahoury filed a lawsuit against Meredith Corp, publisher of such magazines as Family Circle and Ladies Home Journal, in U.S. District Court in Newark, alleging, among other things, that the company breached its "duty of reasonable care to protect [Sahoury and her daughter] from careless exposure on the Internet." Last week, Judge Katherine S. Hayden overruled Meredith Corp's motion to dismiss and let the case proceed.

"I didn't get paid to do this. I didn't want to be some sort of celebrity," Sahoury told the Associated Press.

What would you do if something like this happened? Have you ever found photos or video of you or your children online that were not being used appropriately?

Topics: Maryann Sahoury, breastfeeding video, pornography, Meredith Corporation, my719moms

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