The United States must sue Meta for violating copyright about Facebook advertisements.

A Northern California federal court denied Meta Platforms Inc’s request to dismiss a complaint filed by an artist who claimed that Facebook’s acceptance of fake adverts violates the copyrights of her and other producers.

According to U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ decision on Wednesday, Meta failed to establish that it was eligible for safe harbour from sculptor JL Cook’s claims under federal copyright law and might be held accountable for copyright infringement.

According to Brian Gudmundson of Zimmerman Reed, who is representing Cook, they are eager to start the case’s discovery process in order to find out “what is going on at Facebook that is causing this to happen to artists and creators around the country.”

An inquiry for comment on Thursday went unanswered right away by Meta’s representatives.

Cook specialises in creating artwork that features creatures like snakes. She testified in court that forgers had duplicated her artwork, placed it in Facebook advertising, and encouraged consumers to purchase knockoffs.

Cook sued Meta last April with a planned class-action lawsuit for permitting the advertising and allegedly not responding to her copyright infringement notices.

In June, Meta testified in court that the platform was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act since it immediately responded to the notice and was not liable for the claimed infringement.

Rogers claimed on Wednesday that Meta had not demonstrated that it was exempt from DMCA claims. She noted Cook’s claims that the firm did not reply to her DMCA notices and did not remove the information until she personally contacted Facebook’s intellectual property counsel and suggested that Meta may not have acted swiftly enough to be protected by the law.


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