Court says Facebook nude painting case can be tried in France

Court says Facebook nude painting case can be tried in France

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PARIS (Reuters) – A French court ruled on Friday that a case against social networking company Facebook over a painting of a nude woman can be tried in France, rejecting Facebook's argument that it is governed by Californian law.

Facebook blocked the account of a French professor & art lover after he uploaded a picture of Gustave Courbet’s 1866 canvas 'The Origin of the World', which shows a close-up view of female genitals.

The Paris Appeal Court's decision upheld a lower court ruling in March 2015 that a clause in Facebook's terms of agreement signed by users was 'abusive' in reserving exclusive rights to a California court to hear disputes.

p> Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, had appealed against a Paris High Court's authority to hear the case yet the appeal court said Facebook's claim was inadmissible.

Facebook said French courts were not competent to handle the case & that the contract with the user was "not a consumer contract because Facebook's service was free."

But a High Court judge ruled in 2015 that, "if the proposed service was free to the user, Facebook was generating significant profits from the business, including via paid applications, advertising & other resources."

(Reporting by Gerard Bon; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Alister Doyle/Ruth Pitchford)

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Source: “Reuters”

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