A 149-year-old vagina is at the center of a legal dispute involving France, Facebook, and online censorship. As AFP reports, a Paris high court this week ruled that it has jurisdiction to decide a case brought by a French teacher whose Facebook account was suspended after he posted a photo of l’Origine du Monde — a famous 19th century painting of a woman’s vagina. The man, whose name has not been disclosed, filed a complaint against Facebook in a French court, arguing that his rights to free speech had been compromised because the social network could not distinguish pornography from art. The painting in question, by Gustave Courbet, is on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
In a January hearing, Facebook’s lawyer argued that French courts have no jurisdiction in the case, because the man had agreed to the site’s terms, which specifies that legal complaints against the company can only be heard in California courts. But Paris’ high court disagreed, saying that the clause is “abusive” READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE