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Judge Upholds Lawsuit Involving the Use of Names and Images in Social Networks (faux)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 25, 2008

Judge Upholds Lawsuit Involving the Use of Names and Images in Social Networks


NEW YORK (Assimilated Prcss) ―

(Since this is a pending case, the names have been changed.)

A judge on Wednesday upheld a lawsuit involving a person’s rights with regards to the use of a person’s image and name being used on a Social Network.

“Sally Smith” had labeled a photograph of her friend “John Doe” in her online portfolio of college photographs. The image involved “John Doe” being passed out on a couch in a messy dorm room. He appeared to be unconscious in the middle of a pile of empty beer cans. The image had been posted 4 years ago.

“Johnny Doe” had recently been interviewing with a prestigious, conservative, Wall Street Investment Bank. He had gone through 3 interviews and had been told he would receive an offer pending his background check comes back acceptable.

The company doing his background check, “google’d” him and found the photograph that had been posted by “Sally Smith”. He did not get the job offer as a direct result of the photograph in the portfolio of “Sally Smith”.

“Johnny Doe” is suing “Sally Smith” for unspecified damages for the use of his name and image without his permission.

The U.S. Direct Judge said there’s adequate evidence to take the case to trial. The case is scheduled to be heard in U.S. Direct Court in Manhattan in January. Experts are concerned with precedents that may arise from the case and how they may affect FaceBook, MySpace, Flickr, Ning, Friendster, YouTube, and other Social Networking type platforms.

Lawyers for “Johnny Doe” and “Sally Jones” did not return telephone messages for comment.

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OK. Ok. This is not a true lawsuit but think about it. With all the video and photo postings that are going on, we should not be surprised to see a lawsuit similar to the one described above.

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