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Who do you blame when virtual nude images of a real actress are released? Good question

Who do you blame when virtual nude images of a real actress are released? Good question

This is one of those situations that is so new and odd that I doubt anyone really knows how to deal with it. The images of the virtual nude body of Ellen Page aren't likely to be taken from her actual nude form, but those pictures are going to shown up fairly often in Google searches for her name. There's damage done here, but the question is whether the model should have been made at all, or whether the creator of the images broke a contract when he captured these images from a debug system.

There are simply too many unknowns here, but the Ars Technica story is a good look at how complicated these issues can be. Sony is also screwed a few ways: They can't just let the images proliferate, but if they contact websites to have them removed then the images simply become news once again. It's a bad situation either way.