Duchess of Cambridge, French Privacy Law and Media Cynicism

15 09 2012

There is little doubt about the legal position: the publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge by “Closer” magazine in France was illegal.  The taking and publishing of the photographs constituted a criminal offence and a civil wrong.  But the editor of the magazine, owned by Mondadori France, made a cynical calculation that the likely penalties were going to be much less than the financial rewards.  Weighing worldwide publicity against potential penalties of a few tens of thousands of euros, it was no contest. Read the rest of this entry »