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The creation of fake profiles is one of the most serious legal issues associated with social media sites and other such platforms, including OnlyFans. The creation of such fake profiles breaches your rights to your own name and your right to how you portray yourself. Fake profiles of real people are often created to misrepresent the individual and to provide an unflattering picture of them. They can often be used to leak material without the consent of the individual or to leak unflattering material and claim it is that of the individual portrayed.

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Copyright Infringement: OnlyFans Legal Issues

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A person violating the terms of service by publishing the material or distributing it without the consent of the creator is acting in violation of OnlyFans’ terms of service. Although seeing the person responsible banned from the platform or having to return the material in question, in some cases, other legal action needs to be taken. Our copyright lawyers will help you determine the best action to take in such cases, including seeking damages for the actions taken. Contact us now if you require advice from experts in the field.


Cyber-Bullying, Dangerous Comments, Internet Platforms and OnlyFans

Any explicit content uploaded on OnlyFans should be from those over the age of 18, and it should be placed on these platforms either by them or with their consent. The uploading of such material without a person’s consent or knowledge is a form of cyber-bullying and is against the website’s terms. Additionally, content creators and performers on OnlyFans and other websites can face cyber-bullying, online harassment or cyber-stalking.

Online harassment is not a matter to be taken lightly as it can lead to serious problems if not dealt with strongly. Should you find yourself as the victim of unjustified comments or online harassment, our lawyers will advise you on your rights under German defamation law and will support you in your case.

Such bullying and harassment can take many forms. Although cyber-bullying itself is not listed as a criminal offence in German law, there are means by which criminal action can be pursued. As well as defamation and stalking, there are provisions in the German Criminal Code for insult (§ 185 StGB), violation of the privacy of spoken word (§ 201 StGB), violation of intimate privacy by taking photographs or other images (§ 201a StGB) and the threatening of a commission of serious criminal offence (§ 241 StGB). Allow our lawyers to determine whether you can pursue a case in any of these areas.


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