Jury Awards Man $150K After Photo Offensively Altered Online

A Nashville man with Down syndrome, whose photograph was posted online and years later surfaced with offensive altered text, has been awarded $150,000 by a federal grand jury.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Mg5FHO ) the jurors ruled Wednesday that a photo sharing website, SignGenerator.org, and its parent company, Gigahertz Inc., and a Minnesota resident, Russell LaLevee, all harmed Holland when they distributed the altered image.

The original 2004 photo shows Adam Holland in art class, smiling at the camera and holding a drawing that included the words “Go Titans.”

The lawsuit says the website posted the image with the label “Retarded Handicap Generator,” and LaLevee distributed it after adding his own text.

The Holland family’s attorney Larry Crain says the ruling could set a precedent for cases in which someone’s picture is shared without his or her permission.

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