Case Law: Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited, Paparazzi, beware – Alexia Bedat

20 04 2014

Paul WellerOn 16 April 2014, Mr Justice Dingemans in the Queen’s Bench Division handed down judgment in Wellers & Ors v Associated Newspapers Limited [2014] EWHC 1163 (QB), awarding Paul Weller’s three children a total of £10,000 damages for misuse of private information. Read the rest of this entry »





Has the Weller case created an image right in relation to the facial expressions of children? – Louise Turner

18 04 2014

Louise TurnerThe singer Paul Weller, acting on behalf of three of his children, was successful in his privacy action against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) in relation to seven unpixellated photographs of the children and their father out shopping on a public street and relaxing in a café in Los Angeles. The photographs, in particular, showed the faces of all three children. They were published on Mail Online on 21 October 2012.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Paul Weller’s children win damages in Mail Online photographs privacy case

17 04 2014

DingemansIn a judgment handed down on 16 April 2014, Mr Justice Dingemans (pic) awarded Paul Weller’s three children a total of £10,000 damages for misuse of private information ([2014] EWHC 1163 (QB)).

The case arose out of seven paparazzi photos which were published by Mail Online in October 2012 under the headline “A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun“. Read the rest of this entry »





Treading a fine line: Balancing privacy and public interest in law reform – Barbara McDonald

6 04 2014

gazetteThe Australian Law Reform Commission has just released its Discussion Paper on privacy in the digital era … In this article, Commissioner in charge of the inquiry, Professor Barbara McDonald, outlines the thinking behind the proposal for a new statutory tort of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





Book: Internet Privacy Rights: Rights to Protect Autonomy – Paul Bernal

5 04 2014

Internet Privacy RightsMy first book, Internet Privacy Rights – Rights to Protect Autonomy – has just been published, in the Cambridge University Press series ‘Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law’. It is an academic book, and written from the perspective of a legal academic, but it is intended as something that contributes to a debate far beyond the ivory towers of academe, and in fields beyond that of law. It is also written, I hope, in a form that should make it accessible to people other than academics, and in particular other than lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, France: Julie Gayet v Closer, Privacy damages awarded against French tabloid – Alexia Bedat

28 03 2014

gayetThe tribunal de Nanterre ordered yesterday that Closer pay the French actress Julie Gayet €15,000 in damages for breach of privacy. The full judgment is available here in French. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Trial begins of privacy claim by Paul Weller’s children against Mail Online

25 03 2014

Paul WellerThe first privacy trial since  July 2012 began at the High Court yesterday before Mr Justice Dingemans.  The claim is brought by the musician Paul Weller, on behalf of this three children, against Associated Newspapers Limited over photographs of the children which appeared on Mail Online.

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News: Privacy, no new injunctions granted in last 6 months of 2013

19 03 2014

ministry-of-justiceThe Ministry of Justice has produced its statistical bulletin [pdf] for privacy injunctions, July to December 2013.  This shows that there was one application for new privacy injunction in this period – which was refused. This is the lowest figure since the statistics were first published for the period August to December 2011.  Read the rest of this entry »





News, France: Conseil d’État rejects application by Google for stay of data protection decision

11 02 2014

Google-5By an order made on 7 February 2014, the Conseil d’État rejected application for a stay of a decision by the French information commissioner, CNIL, imposing a fine of €150,000 for a violation of privacy law on Google and ordering it to post a notice of the fine for 48 hours on its home page. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Lillo-Stenberg and Sæther v. Norway, “Paparazzi” photographs of wedding did not violate Article 8 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

9 02 2014

Lars_Lillo_Stenberg_og_Andrine_SaetherIn case of Lillo-Stenberg and Sæther v. Norway ([2014) ECHR 59) the Court of Human Rights held that the publication of long lens “paparazzi” photographs of a private wedding taken from a public place did not violate the privacy rights of the couple.  The Court held that the rejection of the couple’s claim by the majority of the Norwegian Supreme Court within the State’s “margin of appreciation” and that, as a result, there was no violation of Article 8. Read the rest of this entry »








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