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French court bans Closer magazine from publishing topless pictures of Kate Middleton

A French judge bans Closer from further publication or selling of topless photos of Kate Middleton

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 6:27 pm

The French magazine Closer has been banned from publishing topless pictures of Kate Middleton, Prince William's wife. Apparently they are for his eyes only. (How many more Bond references can I sneak in here?) Closer has already published 14 pictures and this ban prevents further publication or selling of them to other markets where they have yet to be published.


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The further publishing ban of pictures includes posting them online or in any print material. The judge has also demanded that all files of the pictures be handed over to representatives of the royal family in 24 hours or they would face steep fines. For each day's delay, they will face a fine of 10,000 euros.


"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome the judge's ruling," said a spokeswoman for St James's Palace, using the British royal couple's formal title.


The ruling doesn't affect anyone else, such as the company in Ireland who has already published the pictures, or the wide availability on the internet. But, will the royal couple seek to have Google banned? They have already initiated a criminal investigation, hoping to prosecute the Closer's editor and the photographer(s) who took the pictures.


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