Splashing a topless Duchess

15 09 2012

Category; Law, Privacy

British newspapers are crowing that they refrained from publishing photographs of a topless Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, while a French magazine, (to use tabloid terminology) splashed them. And that despite France having criminal laws protecting privacy! (click here for article)

The British papers are doing all that refraining, and all that pointing out of the pointlessness of a privacy law, because we are in the eye of the tornado that is the Leveson enquiry. Read the rest of this entry »





Deconstructing Harry

25 08 2012

Category: Law, Media, Privacy

Same guy, different set of photos

In allowing himself to be photographed, naked, or as they’d say in Nevada, butt naked, in the high-roller suite of a Las Vegas casino, with an equally naked young woman, or as they’d say in Nevada, a hottie, whose acquaintance could be measured more in minutes than hours, Prince Harry, or as they’d say in Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, has proven himself the heir to his great great great grandfather Edward VII (click here), and a bit of an idiot.

But should the newspapers be publishing those photos? The short answer is;  yeah, why not?

Of course, that’s not to say they needed to be published, it’s just seriously; why not? Read the rest of this entry »





Nice try Mr Twitter

27 05 2011

Category; Media, Law, Privacy

If the courts took the approach I recently talked about and simply used the common law to deal with the issues raised by superinjunctions it’s been suggested to me this wouldn’t cover the twitter problem…it might stop the newspapers, but it can’t stop individuals tweeting away.

Yes it can. And the head of Twitter in Europe seems to have realised that too. Tony Wang recently warned that individual users who post secrets need to watch out because the law might come after them. Read the rest of this entry »





Super Solution to Super Injunctions

24 05 2011

Category: Law, Media, Privacy

The legal earthquake over superinjunctions is the result of a number of tectonic plates crashing up against each other; European legal codes v English common law, and European privacy v Anglo-Saxon free speech.

There’s no good reason this has become such a public mess. Except that the law is not used to being hurried and lobbied and that is what has happened. A whole new, untested, area of law emerged after Max Mosley won his privacy case. The judges were thrown by this and have been struggling ever since to come up with a credible and coherent response. There is one – and it lies within longstanding English law. Read the rest of this entry »





The Saucy Spy

6 07 2010

Category: LawMedia, Privacy

Anna Chapman is, allegedly, a Russian spy. She’s also young and  good looking, which makes it acceptable for her British ex-husband to sell intimate photographs of her to a British newspaper and for that newspaper to publish them.

Now that we have laws protecting privacy we still need to counter the idea that someone who is alleged to have done something ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ loses all those rights. They don’t. Read the rest of this entry »








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