Anna Randal for Art-Sheep
A Paris court ruled that it has jurisdiction to judge against Facebook, for deleting the account of a French teacher, who posted an image of Gustave Courbet’s famous painting The Origin of the World.
The teacher filed a complaint against Facebook for suspending his account after posting the image of the painting, accusing Facebook for censorship. The famous painting, depicting a vagina, is one of the most famous and provocative works of art, created by the realist painter Gustave Courbet. The teacher complained that the site could not differentiate between pornography and art. According to Agence France Presse, the French court ruled that it was “abusive” to close down the user’s account, as the Facebook litigation is based in California where its in effect. Facebook’s lawyer argued that the site does not fall under French jurisdiction, as users have to sign a clause agreeing that only a California court can rule in disputes relating to the firm.
The American court will hear the case on May 21.
Gustave Courbet – The Origin of the World, 1866