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BERLIN — In a ruling of particular interest to those working in the adult entertainment biz, a German court has ruled that Facebook’s “real name” policy is illegal and that users must be allowed to sign up for the service under pseudonyms.

The Berlin court found that Facebook’s real name policy was “a covert way” of obtaining users’ consent to share their names, which are one of many pieces of information the court said Facebook did not properly obtain users’ permission for.