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Is it illegal for someone else to post pictures of my child online?

Crown Point, IN |
Filed under: Internet law

My brothers ex girl friend has a picture of my daughter A on her facebook labled as her daughter B. my brother has a daughter named B with her but all rights to B are even being revoked. our kids look nothing alike. is there anything illegal about this? is there anything i can do. she hasbeen causing a lot of problems with our family.

i took the picture in my home. i wont let that girl near my children. she is very bad news. noone gave her permission to use this photo. my brother is also very upset.

Attorney Answers 2


  1. Best answer

    You should first send her a DMCA take down letter if you own the photo. If she took it, she owns it. However, especially when it comes to minors, and adults for that matter, when persons use photos online or publication they still need explicit permission. Otherwise they can be exposed to liability. Because the photos are of minors, there are even more stringent controls over this. I would recommend sending a letter to the Facebook to take the photos down, given their Terms of Service.

    Complaint to Facebook first, demand letter second, then lawsuit if you are really committed to having them taken down. You will need to see a lawyer in your area.

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  2. It depends. Generally people own the copyright to the photos they took. If the brother's ex GF took this photo, then she owns it.

    Because kids are too young to consent to use of their likeness, one of their parents has to consent --did that happen here, did her father consent to this use of her likeness?

    Finally, check Facebook's terms of use to see what it says about using photos of kids. This may be a violation of their terms of use.

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