On Monday, I went to breakfast with mom and dad to celebrate dad’s birthday. When I got back to the office, Alexandra helped me post a picture on Facebook of dad and me from his birthday breakfast. I was excited about the posting. Then, I saw the news of someone who was not so excited about her Facebook picture being used without permission.
The NY Daily News is reporting that Chelsea Chaney has filed suit for two-million-dollars against her high school district. The lawsuit claims that a district administrator used a photo of her in a bikini, that he took off her Facebook posting.
The photo was used in a presentation at a district conference. The speaker was discussing the topic of “once it’s there, it’s there to stay”. Chaney has filed suit with a claim that the photo was used without her permission.
The photo of Chaney was initially taken while on a family trip. Chaney was wearing a bikini and standing next to a cardboard cutout of rapper Snoop Dog. (Those in the know here tell me that he is now known as “Snoop Lion”. No word on whether he is changing his name soon to “Snoop Unicorn”?)
Chaney claims that she posted the picture only for her friends to see. Now, she has learned that hundreds of strangers have seen the picture, and she believes that the presentation has harmed her, because it has portrayed her as a “promiscuous abuser of alcohol”.
The school has apologized by letter. They indicate that the photo was randomly chosen for the event. Chaney’s attorney responded, “Their idea that putting something on Facebook gives them a license to steal it and carte blanche to do with it what they did is wrong ethically. It’s wrong morally and it’s absolutely wrong legally”.
For pic o’ day, I selected one “randomly” to show a “family” viewing Facebook together?