Facebook Ads Update!!!

This is hot off the press…. Literally this article on NY Times was published in the past 25 minutes…

Here’s a section of the article:

There is at least one problem with this idea: It may be illegal under a 100-year-old New York privacy law. The statute says that “any person whose name, portrait, picture, or voice is used within this state for advertising purposes or for the purposes of trade without the written consent first obtained” can sue for damages. Moreover, such a use is also a criminal misdemeanor.

According to William McGeveran, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School who wrote about these laws in a blog post today, the law would apply to Facebook users anywhere if the ad were displayed in New York. Arguably, it could apply if the ad was displayed on a computer screen within the state. Yet “where the ad actually is in cyberspace is a whole other can of worms,” he said.

So what is Facebook going to do… Who knows but I mean come on a 100 year old law that definately never saw the internet coming… Well I just wanted to pass this along…

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