Judges Back Rowling in Case Over Son Pics

UK outlets can't publish photos in ruling seen as blow to paparazzi
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 3:12 PM CDT
A panel of British judges ruled today in favor of Harry Potter author JK Rowling in her attempt to ban further publications of photographs of her young son.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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(Newser) – A British court approved JK Rowling’s request to ban publication of a photograph of her son, Reuters reports, reversing a lower circuit's ruling. "If a child of parents who are not in the public eye could reasonably expect not to have photographs of him published in the media, so too should the child of a famous parent," the ruling read.

The ruling could have a "profound effect … on certain sections of the paparazzi,” the Harry Potter author's lawyer said of the ban on photographs taken when the boy was 1. "This case establishes a law of privacy for children in those cases where, understandably, the parents wish to protect their children from intrusive photography by the paparazzi."