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 »





Case Law: AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd – “Mother knows best…” – Kirsten Sjøvoll

2 07 2013

FatherOn 20 May 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in AAA v Associated Newspapers ([2013] EWCA Civ 554). It held that the Claimant, a child, did not have her rights under Article 8 breached by an article in the Daily Mail which speculated that her father was Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The Judgment raises interesting questions as to the extent to which the behaviour of a child’s parent affects the former’s expectation of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





Sex, death, brass bands and libel by photograph – David Banks

26 05 2013

Screen_Shot_2013-05-13_at_10.54.55If you want to find mistakes in papers look at the pictures.  The Sun on Sunday has just paid out in a libel settlement after running a story about a man discovering he was the son of Fred West – but the picture they printed on the front page was the man’s half-brother who was entirely unconnected to the serial killer. It has been reported that a five figure sum has changed hands as a result. Read the rest of this entry »





Kate Middleton’s topless photographs and the law of privacy, the view from South Africa – Dario Milo and Emma Sadleir

4 10 2012

The law of privacy has once again been thrust into the spotlight in the aftermath of the publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, by French magazine Closer, rapidly followed by a newspaper in Ireland, and magazines in Italy, Norway and Denmark. Read the rest of this entry »





La Regina Nuda and Italian Privacy Law – Athalie Matthews and Giacomo Parmigiani

26 09 2012

So Kate and Wills have now jetted back from the South Pacific and are lying low after French Closer published topless pictures of the Duchess under the headline “OH MY GOD!” and other publications followed suit. Read the rest of this entry »





Royalty, Nudity, Privacy, and Profitability – Oliver O’Callaghan

23 09 2012

The recent publication of topless pictures of The Duchess of Cambridge in a French magazine, following so closely after the exposure of Prince Harry’s nocturnal activities in Las Vegas, has returned the issue of the private lives of public figures to the forefront of the news once again. Coming as Lord Justice Leveson prepares his report arising from the eponymous inquiry, there are a number unresolved debates relating to the publication of private information about celebrities or public figures such as the royal family. Read the rest of this entry »





Should the Duchess of Cambridge call upon Google to assist in restoring her privacy? – Tim Lowles

20 09 2012

So, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been successful in obtaining an injunction against Closer magazine from the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre, preventing the magazine from re-publishing or selling topless pictures of the Duchess.  Is that the end of the story? Far from it, the story will continue for ever thanks to the internet. Read the rest of this entry »





Prince Harry’s Photos – Five Lessons for the Media Regulation Debate

28 08 2012

As the froth dissipates it is worth reflecting on what lessons the saga of the Prince Harry photographs has for the media regulation debate. There is a natural tendency to conclude  that this is another passing “silly season” story – with as much wider significance as the Essex lion.  After all Prince Harry holds no public office and the invasions of his privacy were relatively minor in the scheme of things.  Such a conclusion would be too hasty.  The absurd affair of Prince Harry’s bum is nevertheless a very clear and illuminating example of what remains wrong with the tabloid press and, we suggest, provides five important lessons for the media regulation debate. Read the rest of this entry »








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