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Judge forces a wife to take down Facebook photos of her husband

Judge forces a wife to take down Facebook photos of her husband
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OK, we've heard about bad breakups online before, but this one might be a first.

With no indication that the couple has divorced, one husband took his wife of 10 years to court over photos published on Facebook, without his permission.

That's fine and dandy if they were nude photos - legally you must erase any photos like that - but the photos in question are from 10 years ago, are of the couple's honeymoon, and show images of the couple holding hands, hugging and kissing - you know, typical honeymoon stuff. There was no nudity, no drunk and embarrassing photos.

Doesn't seem so bad, does it? The husband had a major problem with it and took his wife to court in Italy. He claims he did not give permission to post the photos to Facebook and when the wife refused to take them down, things got ugly.

Ultimately, the courts sided with the husband claiming that "the publication of a photo on the Internet is 'significantly worse' than any other form of publication because privacy cannot be guaranteed by the user."

The court found that the woman had “certainly violated the right to privacy of her husband”, citing Article 10 of the civil code and a piece of legislation from 1941 which states that the portrait of a person cannot be displayed, reproduced or sold without the person’s consent.

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Source: The Local
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