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Friday's Three Burning Legal Questions

Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere.

1) Question:  Why did Facebook delete my account after I made Gustave Courbet's 1886 oil painting "The Origin of the World" my profile picture? Can I sue them for this?

Answer: Facebook is pretty firm on the idea that a painting of a woman's vagina may not be used for a profile picture. As to your lawsuit, there are a handful of other Courbet fans kicked off Facebook who will be following closely. (Gawker, The Famous Vagina Painting That Facebook Doesn’t Want You to See [note: probably not suitable for work viewing either])

2) Question: OK, so I posted some copyright-protected stuff to YouTube, like a zillion other people. What are they going to do, put me in YouTube jail? Ha!

Answer: There is no YouTube jail but get ready to spend some time in YouTube copyright school, you scofflaw! (ars technica, YouTube sending repeat infringers to copyright school

3) Question: I'm sitting down to write my brief to be filed in the state Supreme Court, and I'm thinking about going a different direction with it. That is, I plan to compare my client to the four guys on roofies in the movie "The Hangover" who steal Mike Tyson's tiger. It's gold! Gold, I tell you! Should I go for it?

Answer: That tactic was already tried in State v. Belanus, with a very bad result. Don't go there. (Lowering the Bar, A New Contender for Worst Legal Brief)

Posted by Bruce Carton on April 15, 2011 at 10:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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