ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, left, with Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, Jan. 27, 2007.
(AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)
NEW YORK (CBS) As more people click on or search for the video that shows ESPN reporter Erin Andrews walking naked around a hotel room, many online viewers don't realize they are actually breaking the law.
"The Early Show" spoke with CBS News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom, who said downloading or watching the nude Erin Andrews video is illegal.
"Its like buying or selling stolen property," said Bloom. "If you know you are buying something that was stolen... you could be liable criminally and civilly."
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Andrews apparently was recorded on video through a peephole, possibly drilled into her hotel room's wall. That too is a crime.
And while police are not likely to breaking down anyone's door for downloading the Andrews video or streaming it online, people searching for the nude video could receive a nasty surprise. Hackers are creating fake websites purported to contain the Andrews video. But try to download the video and you might download a Trojan horse virus instead.
According to the New York Post, the people behind the video that shows the nude ESPN reporter fixing her hair and putting on her makeup are now reportedly trying to sell it to the highest bidder.
Andrews intends to seek legal actions once the video voyeur have been identified. Andrews could also press charges for humiliation.
"This was something stolen from Erin Andrews," Bloom said. "...Her Privacy and reputation."
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