Courbet Still Causing Trouble

Gustav Courbet’s 149 year old painting, L’Origine du monde is still making waves, proving it a masterpiece indeed.  From The Verge:

Courbet's lovingly vulgar masterwork, at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris

Courbet’s lovingly vulgar masterwork, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

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

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About frankyvivid

Franky Vivid is a poet and burlesque producer from Chicago. He is married to burlesque star Michelle L’amour, with whom he co-founded the international literary salon Naked Girls Reading in 2009. For four years he was the curator of the Everleigh Social Club in Chicago, an experiment in using Cyprianism to inform the operation of a private arts club. Vivid is a Freemasonic Knight Templar and founder of Paradise Garden #7. For more on Cyprianism and a continuing discussion about elements of The Seed and its underlying Philosophy and Practice, visit him at www.cyprianism.com.
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