2 tweak Facebook with faux site

Is artistic turn-about legal fair play?

Lovely-Faces.com is a faux dating website that contains profiles using pictures, names and locations “scraped” from Facebook.

The website takes pictures of people off Facebook, without obtaining consent, and through a face algorithm approach, puts them into categories of “smug, sly,  easy-going” and “funny.”

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovic, who describe themselves as a media artist and media critic, respectively, say they created the site to reveal the pitfalls and controversy of social networking, mainly the issues of people sharing personal information through social media.  The creator’s write about their theory of Facebook.

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After cyber wedding, 11 charges

A 54-year-old Massachusetts man “married” a 13-year-old Michigan girl in the online game RuneScape.

While there are no laws governing matrimony in the virtual world, real world consequences can follow for those who commit concrete acts: Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the grownup groom gamer, asserting he met several times with his cyber bride to consummate their relationship in person.

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Sony seeks Calif. cyber case trial

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In the latest round of the legal controversy surrounding George Hotz and his `jail-breaking’ of Sony’s Playstation 3, Sony is attempting to have the case go to trial in California.

This case is important because it deals with acts that are alleged to have occurred in the virtual world; the key issue now at hand is where the trial in the real world should occur.
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A Dodger divorce, law firm shuffle

After the Dec. 7 ruling by Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon in favor of Jamie McCourt, Frank McCourt has responded by hiring as the team’s outside counsel Joseph Shenker, chairman of the New York-based firm of Sullivan and Cromwell. Shenker replaces Bingham McCutchen, a Boston-based law firm that Frank McCourt had retained in his earlier, divorce proceedings that have left the status of Dodgers ownership in doubt.

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Will Tweet precedent be set in Courtney Love defamation case?

A trial scheduled to launch in Los Angeles trial this month will offer a high-profile, celebrity test of a claim of defamation by Tweet.

Central to the case is whether the average Twitter fan would interpret rocker Courtney Love’s comments about a fashionista as statements of fact, rather than the opinion of one of rock’n’roll’s more renegade, irreverent personalities.

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Studios sue ‘Hotfile’ file-host site

Five major motion picture makers have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Florida against a website called Hotfile, which is known to be one of the top 100 websites in the world as far as daily traffic is concerned.

Hotfile is a “cyberlocker” website, which is known to be a file-hosting website. It gives users a way to personally store large files on the internet. Although there are legitimate uses for these sites, many file-sharers use them to illegally store and share copyrighted movies and other forms of entertainment.

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A time extension for Blockbuster bankruptcy reorganization

Blockbuster Inc. won several legal victories in New York recently when a judge granted the company’s request to extend the filing date of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan to March 21, giving the retailer three extra months, according to court records. The judge also denied shareholder demands for a probe into the company’s September bankruptcy filing, and, a day later, Blockbuster was given the go-ahead for a plan to close dozens of stores over landlords’ objections.

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