In the latest update in the long-running dispute between Associated Newspapers and Meghan Markle, the Court of Appeal has granted Associated Newspapers permission to appeal the High Court's rulings on Meghan Markle's copyright and privacy claims.
In our previous blogs which discussed the decision that Mail on Sunday and Mail Online did misuse Meghan's private information and Meghan's copyright claim being successful, we reported that the High Court had made the following decisions in the Duchess of Sussex's copyright and privacy claims.
Lord Justice Warby sitting in the High Court, unequivocally held that by reproducing substantial parts of the letter Meghan had sent to her father, Associated Newspapers had infringed copyright. As a result of this, the High Court made the following orders:
Lord Justice Warby sitting in the High Court, held that Meghan had a reasonable expectation that her letter to her father would remain private. In coming to this conclusion, the Judge rejected Associated Newspaper's arguments that:
It seems that the battle between The Duchess of Sussex and Associated Newspapers is far from over.
The Court of Appeal will now hear arguments from both parties on the copyright and privacy claims, and there are likely to be some very interesting legal points that the Court of Appeal will have to determine.
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