Volume 2 Issue 7

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The "Duchess of Sussex" scores victory in a three year long copyright infringement case.

Date of News: 

18-01-2022

Date of Publication: 

10-02-2022

Unique ID:

202281533

Name of the Author: 

K. Praveen Kumar

Field of Law: 

Intellectual Property Law

Content of News:

Meghan Markle has lately achieved a significant triumph. Her long legal battle with the proprietors of a tabloid culminated in this victory. The lawsuit was brought to the London Court of Appeal concerning privacy and copyright infringement. On the other hand, the court sided with the Duchess of Sussex and against the Mail's publisher. Parts of a private letter Meghan addressed to her father were published by publishers, which sparked this case. This dispute began when publishers published excerpts from a personal letter Meghan addressed to her father. The initial ruling held that the Mail (the tabloid) had infringed Meghan's privacy by publishing excerpts from a handwritten letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, in five separate articles published in February 2019. The Mail reportedly violated Meghan's copyright by publishing sections of her letter, which she wrote with a fondness for her father after her royal wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. The case has now been remanded to the High Court to determine damages, which the Duchess has won. With this promising result, the three-year legal proceedings have finally come close. This case establishes that a person owns the copyright to every section of a letter they write and cannot be published without the author's permission.

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