Copyright law: Lily Allen successfully sues Mail Online

Copyright law: Lily Allen successfully sues Mail Online

Lily Allen has successfully sued the Mail Online’s publisher, Associated Newspapers, for posting pictures of her house online to accompany an article titled ‘Pregnant Lily spends £3m on stunning Cotswold home’.

Allen argued that the pictures published in September 2010 were an invasion of her privacy. She also argued that the Mail Online had infringed copyright by printing the pictures without her permission.

The publisher has agreed to pay Allen an undisclosed amount of damages in order to settle the claim and cover all of her legal costs.

In addition, the High Court on Monday 21 March signed a consent order confirming that Associated Newspapers accepts that Allen now owns the copyright to the images of her house.

Allen is no stranger to legal action, having successfully sued for damages against two publications recently.

She won damages against the French football magazine So Foot in 2010 for falsely reporting she had called Victoria Beckham a “monster” and Cheryl Cole “stupid and superficial”.

In September 2009 Allen won £10,000 in damages from The Sun who printed the same false statements as So Foot.

Now that Allen has the copyright to the images of her home, no-one can publish them without obtaining her permission. If they do, she will be entitled to take them to court for copyright infringement.

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