Month: October 2009

Commercial Use of Photographs on Archive Website Infringes Photographer‰’s Copyright: Grisbrook v MGN Ltd

In a judgment issued on 16 October which has potentially important ramifications for the photography industry, the High Court held that MGN Limited, the publishers of the Daily Mirror and other titles, had infringed copyright in photographs included in back copies of newspapers it was making available online to paid subscribers. Background The claimant, celebrity …   Read more

Advertising and Images, the ASA and Protection of Privacy

In an adjudication published on 30 September the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the body responsible for regulating advertisements, sales promotions and direct marketing, upheld a complaint that a person’s image had been used in a marketing communication without that person’s written consent. Background A company, J&S Security Ltd (J&S), distributed a marketing leaflet which featured …   Read more

PCC’s Code Committee Announces Changes: The Referee Moves the Goalposts

One of the many reasons why the Press Complaints Commission’s claim to be independent is unsustainable is the makeup of its Code Committee. No genuinely independent complaints body would fail to include any independent representatives in the process of formulating its rules. The PCC does just that. Swan Turton recently commissioned a survey of the …   Read more