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By Monalisa,Analisa Tovar, and Maria AbiertoEditor’s note: This story has been updated with more details on the trial.
Read moreFirst, a word of warning: this story contains spoilers about the trial of MonalISA, an online photography company accused of violating the FTC Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other statutes.
The trial, which began on Monday in Washington, DC, has been shrouded in secrecy.
It began in February, and it is likely the case will end up on trial for months to come.
The judge presiding over the case, Richard Leon, has not yet decided whether or not to allow testimony from the company’s co-founders, Joshua Cohen and Michael Dreeben, who are both trial witnesses.
Cohen and Dreebe are charged with defrauding customers by using a service called Instagram to steal and sell their work.
In addition to stealing and selling the company photos, they are accused of creating fake identities to steal business from customers, which they did by falsely claiming that the images they were using were of their own work and using them as their own.
But in addition to defrauds, the jury will also be considering whether or in fact whether the defendants have committed other serious crimes, including stealing or committing copyright infringement.
That includes the theft of business and violating the Fair Trade Act, a law that prevents the unfair or deceptive practices that are often cited in the FTC and other federal agencies’ investigations into online businesses.
The case began in December when Monalissa, an American-based company that sells its photos on Instagram and other sites, said it was facing legal action from the FTC for allegedly defraudingly using its own product on Instagram, the company said at the time.
“This is a case that I’m very excited to be bringing to court,” Monalisha CEO Justin Geller told The Wall Street Journal.
“The FTC’s lawsuit is a long way from where it needs to be to be able to enforce the law, and this case is about getting back to basics and going forward.”
Monalisa says it has never made any money off of Instagram, and has paid the FTC $2 million.
After a lengthy investigation, the FTC discovered that Monalis business was being used to steal photos and that it was not authorized to use the service for business purposes.
Specifically, the agency alleged that Monanisa used its own photo library of more than 2 million photos to steal money from customers.
Monalgas alleged that it paid Instagram $9 million to help it evade the FTC’s investigation.
At the time, Monalithas business was operating under a separate business name, which Monaliso claimed was the same as its own.
Monalimas business then sold off its stock in the company.
This is the first trial in the case of Monalgas and Monalisi, who also faces charges of stealing and stealing the photos.
While Monaliskis business has been in business for nearly a decade, the first case in the Monalisei case was filed in April 2018.
If convicted, Monalgis faces up to five years in prison.
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