Feb 242019
 
 February 24, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Non-U.S.

Rebecca O’Keeffe reports:

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has threatened the Mail on Sunday with legal action under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

The paper published parts of a private letter that the Duchess had sent to her father, Thomas Markle.

Talk about a breach of privacy.

Mr Markle gave the letter to the publication, in response to an interview that Meghan’s friends have to People.

Read more on Her.

So what is the law? Well,  a UK copyright lawyer, Alex Newman, gave the Guardian  his opinion:

“A letter is a copyright work as it is a literary work.”

“As soon as you create a copyright work, you will own the copyright until it expires automatically. This gives you the right to prevent anyone else copying, or issuing to the public, the whole or a substantial part of your copyrighted work.”

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