A Paris high court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to decide in a case brought by a French teacher who claimed that Facebook could not distinguish between pornography and art following the suspension of his social networking account after he posted l’Origine du Monde, a photo of a famous 19th century painting of a woman’s vagina. The painting in question, by Gustave Courbet, is on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
According to the Verge, the French teacher has filed a complaint against Facebook in a French court arguing that the social networking site is not letting him practice his freedom of speech.
In a January hearing, Facebook’s lawyer argued that French courts have no jurisdiction in the case, because the man had agreed to the site’s terms, which specifies that legal complaints against the company can only be heard in California courts. But Paris’ high court disagreed, saying that the clause is “abusive” Thursday in a ruling that could set an important precedent for Facebook and other US tech companies.
However, Paris high court said on Thursday that the clause was abusive.
(Source: the Verge)