Feb 102011
 February 10, 2011  Posted by  Court, Online, Youth & Schools

A class action claims Facebook misappropriates the names and likeness of children and uses them in ads without permission from their parents or grandparents. The class claims that children are unable to stop Facebook from using their names and photos on a Facebook page if they have “liked” it.

This constitutes an “endorsement,” and use of the kids’ names and photos in “Friend Finder” also constitutes commercial use without legal consent, according to the complaint in Superior Court.


The class claims this violates Article 1 Section 1 of the California Constitution, on privacy; and section 3344 of the Civil Code, the right of publicity law.

Read more on Courthouse News. I expect we’ll see more about this case in mainstream media but in the interim, I’m trying to get more information.

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