Kate Middleton Topless Photos: Can Palace Take Legal Action?

Dan Abrams discusses a French tabloid's decision to publish topless photos of the duchess.
3:00 | 09/14/12

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Transcript for Kate Middleton Topless Photos: Can Palace Take Legal Action?
We're going to turn to "gma's" legal analyst, dan abrams. Dan, the photos are on the newsstands this morning in france. What legal options does the palace really have as they consult their lawyers? Remember, generally, they don't sue the media. They've had a policy of not suing the media. This is more egregious in a sense you're talking about a long lens, on vacation, and in france, where the privacy laws are very tough. The problem is, yeah. They're tough except what's the remedy? It's a fine. And a lot of these media organizations are happy to just pay that fine and have the picture because there's going to be, as you point out, no way to literally prevent the photos from making it to the newsstands and certainly not on the internet. That's why the magazine did not let the palace know a week ago when they took the photos that they had them. They would have had a hard time getting an injunction to prevent them from publishing it anyway. This tends to be after-the-fact punishment. The palace invokes the memory of princess diana, and why it made it more upsetting to william and kate that these photos were out there. How have things changed since princess diana's death? We keep hearing that france is a safer place for celebrities to go with their children, because laws are quote/unquote stricter. There was a truce between the paparazzi, the media, and the royals in england. Really since diana. They have much more rules and agreements that when the kids are in school, they'll give them photos but they won't harass them. Kate middleton has changed a lot of things. There's suddenly enormous interest again in the way that there was in diana. And as a result, many of these informal agreements are breaking down. And new problems are occurring.

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