Censoring Jon Hamm’s Penis Doesn’t Violate Copyright Law, Judge Rules

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Jon Hamm’s penis as it appeared on HuffPost (left) and Jon Hamm’s penis as it appeared on New York City streets (right), both of which were featured in a new court ruling about digital copyright protections.Image: HuffPost/Lawrence SchwartzwaldWhat does Jon Hamm’s penis have to do with internet freedom and the future of memes? Quite a lot, believe it or not, following a new court ruling in New York.AdvertisementA federal judge in the Southern District of New York ruled on Thursday that digital news outlet HuffPost didn’t violate copyright law when it published a photo of Jon Hamm with a black box digitally inserted over his dick in a 2014 listicle titled, “25 Things You Wish You Hadn’t Learned in 2013 and Must Forget in 2014.” HuffPost, which is owned by a company called Oath, was sued by Lawrence Schwartzwald, a New York-based photographer who captured the original image and claimed that HuffPost infringed on his copyright.The photographer described the photo in his lawsuit as one that “illustrates what Jon Hamm looks like wearing trousers in public while he walks down the street, ostensibly without any underwear.” The original photo showed a rather pronounced outline of …

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