New York lawyer James R. Marsh, the victim's attorney and an expert on child abuse law, said Eginton's ruling is unlikely to cause a spike in claims for restitution.
That is because, he said, the number of victims who have been identified from seized computer images is tiny - perhaps 200 children. Many of those victims, he said, are still children; they were photographed or videotaped when they were babies.
Some victims may not be aware of their legal rights, Marsh said. In other cases, he said, parents may decide that children are better served by not going to court.
"Companies get into trouble when they try to move that content beyond the four corners of their service - that's what Facebook tried to do - and use content for commercial exploits," said James R. Marsh, a lawyer who writes ChildLaw Blog, which first posted news of Facebook's TOS change late last month.
In the extreme, he said, "They can take little Susie's pictures on the beach to Playboy, who then has their own license for using it - and you may not even know it. And then what? You're institutionalizing child pornography."