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N.J. photo studio owners and owners of a handful of other studios in the state have complained to New Jersey’s Department of Consumer Protection about a growing number of complaints about the quality of images posted to their social media accounts, including images of cats, dogs and birds.
A letter to state lawmakers, obtained by The Associated Press, also includes complaints about complaints that images were altered or deleted in violation of state law.
It says the state has made it illegal to post images with more than 100,000 likes, and that a similar law was recently enacted in New York.
In addition to the letters from owners, state Sen. Michael DeLuca and Assemblyman Tom Stemberg of South Jersey are both pushing for legislation that would make it illegal for owners to alter their social accounts and posts in violation on the state’s “right to privacy” and other rights.
“The law needs to be changed, not just in this particular instance but across the state, because the damage is already done,” DeLucas said in an interview.
The state attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into complaints from owners who claim they’ve been victims of false or misleading posts and images.
A spokesman for the office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
The industry’s attorney, Michael Siegel, said in a statement that many owners feel that their posts have been deleted or altered in violation with state law, which says people can be held liable for altering a person’s identity and the publication of a false identity if they cause “serious harm.”
The New Jersey Association of Photographers and Television Producers has filed a lawsuit against the state over its law.
“We feel that the right to privacy and the right for people to speak freely are at stake,” said Paul Gossett, president of the organization.
“It is a question of life and death for people who use their image to express themselves, and the more people who are being hurt, the worse it is.”
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