Is this illegal? Can I post a picture of someone ?
1 attorney answer
1) copyright. Whoever took the picture owns its copyright. We know you didn't take the picture, but unless the person who sent it to you took it and granted you the right to display it, then you don't have that right, and you've violated the photographer's copyright, and they can sue you for it.
2) publicity rights. If you posted it for commercial purposes, that's a violation of the woman's publicity rights, and she can sue you for it.
3) privacy rights. If the picture places the woman in a "false light" by making her look deceptively different than reality, or if this is considered disclosure of something embarrassing, her privacy rights would be violated, she can sue you for this as well.
4) intentional infliction of emotional distress. If your motive in doing this, which you admit, was to hurt her, she could also sue you for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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