Injunction granted on topless photos of Kate
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:55p.m.
By Melissa Davies
A French court has granted an injunction banning further publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess were seeking an injunction after French magazine Closer printed photos of Kate topless while holidaying in France.
The injunction means the magazine will have to hand back any materials they have in terms of photos they have received.
They will also face fines if they publish those photos again which could be up to NZ$16,000 and the Duke and Duchess have been awarded court costs of just over NZ$3000.
There is also an ongoing enquiry into whether criminal proceedings should go ahead.
The couple have also laid a criminal complaint against the photographer. The Italian owners of Closer magazine say the photographer owns the copyrights to the photos.
However law experts in France say it would be a lot harder to bring criminal proceedings in this case than it was to bring civil proceedings. It might be that Closer magazine cites French law and protects their sources which could mean the photographer’s identity is never revealed.
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