Royal Family welcomes French Court decision to ban Closure magazine from re publishing Kate Middleton’s topless pictures
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was recently photographed through a powerful zoom lens. Nothing wrong with that, except the photographer took a shot of the Duchess who was then topless. The Royal family moved swiftly and lodged a strong protest. Not satisfied of this gross invasion of privacy, Kate Middleton who is married to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge had sued the tabloid for publishing topless photographs of her.
The French court today ruled in favor of Kate Middleton and has banned the publication from reprinting the 12 photographs. It has also directed the magazine to hand over all the negatives to Middleton immediately or face a fine of 12,000 Euros daily if it does not abide by this ruling.
The Duchess of Cambridge also has the option of filing a criminal charge against the magazine as under Article 9 of the French civil code and 226 of the penal code Kate has the right to file a criminal complaint against the tabloid and the photographer as clearly the pictures were taken from nearly half a mile away and definitely did not have the consent of the Duchess.
If convicted the publisher and the photographer could face a jail term of a year and a fine ranging between 45,000 and 60,000 Euros. The law also states that public figures attending public meetings can be photographed. The criminal charge simply reads “theft of a private image.”
According to French laws people have complete right to their privacy and photographs fall under that law. Invasion of privacy and hounding of celebrities by the now infamous paparazzi of France which reportedly claimed the life of Princes Diana during a high speed chase in a Paris tunnel raises questions of whether laws should be introduced to ensure the right to privacy of celebrities.
Article By Jack Martins