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Oh là là - does French ruling mean more nude pictures on Facebook?

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Oh là là - does French ruling mean more nude pictures on Facebook?

<p>A French court has ruled over a battle between Facebook and a French school teacher about the right to see a 150-year-old vagina.</p> <p>In 2011, the teacher posted a picture of a painting by 19th century artist Gustave Courbet onto his social network page, only to find his account suspended for violating anti-nudity rules.</p> <p>The man, 57-year-old Frederic Durand-Baissas, took the case to a French court demanding €20,000 damages for infringement of his right to free speech. </p> <p>His first victory came last year when his lawyers successfully argued that Facebook’s claims that legal cases against it could only be settled in American courts were invalid.</p> <p>An appeals court in Paris today (February 12) ruled that the French justice system is able to make judgements on Facebook – upholding last year’s ruling.</p> <p>Facebook’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards">Community Standards</a> state that its restrictions on nudity are designed to protect users.</p> <p>But following a series of criticisms, Facebook now also says that “photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures” are allowed.</p> <p>Courbet’s 1866 canvas ‘The Origin of the World’, which depicts the lower torso of a reclining naked woman, is on public display at the Musée D’Orsay in Paris.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn1966126858637866e54c6db">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153650632823110:0" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153650632823110:0"><p>A French court is set to rule on a battle between Facebook and a French school teacher about the right to see a…</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/">euronews</a> on�<a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153650632823110:0">Friday, February 12, 2016</a></blockquote></div></div>