So now all those photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have to be handed over to authorities and cannot be published again. Unfortunately some damage has already been done since they’re now plastered all over the internet and other countries have been running them in their mags…but the first legal battle is a success.
The photos must not be published again, a French court ruled Tuesday, according to the BBC. And Closer magazine, which was the first to obtain and print them, was ordered to give the originals to the couple within 24 hours.
A royal source said, “They welcome the injunction that’s been granted. They always believed the law was broken and that they were entitled to their privacy.”
The ruling applies only to France. The Irish Daily Star and the Italian magazine Chi have already republished the photos – the latter in a 26-page section on Monday.
French attorney Vincent Tolédano, a specialist in media law tells PEOPLE, “Closer” cannot publish these images any longer. Now it is up to the criminal investigation to try and determine who the photographer is. In court, Closer maintained they didn’t own the rights to the images, and now it is up to the police … to investigate and determine the particulars.”
He added, “There are freedom of press and protection of sources issues in play now.”
Crazy situation. I don’t doubt that they will sue the other publications running the photos. Especially since the Italian magazine Chi, is running a 28 page spread of the photos- which seems a little excessive, but that’s just me.