LAWFUEL – JK Rowling has failed in a bid to block the media from using a paparazzi snap taken of her wheeling her two-year-old son along an Edinburgh street.
In a decision which will be a blow to celebrities campaigning for more stringent privacy laws, Justice Patten ruled that the Harry Potter author’s son, David Murray, now aged four, had ‘no reasonable or realistic prospect’ of winning a court injunction to block further publication of the photograph.
The Scotsman notes that the author is expected to appeal. David was two when, in 2004, a photographer using a long-range lens snapped him in his buggy as he was pushed along a street by his father, Rowling’s husband, Dr Neil Murray, with his mother walking alongside. The family was not aware that the photograph – which was published in a Sunday newspaper in April 2005 –was being taken and did not give consent, London’s High Court was told.