Douglas and others v Hello! Ltd etc: ChD 7 Nov 2003

The claimants had succeeded in a claim of distress occasioned by breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act by the taking and selling of photographs from their wedding.
Held: As to losses, for the magazine who had bought the rights, the issue was decided by reference to the fee they would have charged to the defendants for a licence. That would have been just over a million pounds There was little guidance as to the level of damages for the type of distress claimed. The award for them together was andpound;14,600.


Lindsay J


[2003] EWHC 2629 (Ch), [2004] EMLR 2




Data Protection Act 1996


England and Wales


See AlsoDouglas etc v Hello! Ltd etc ChD 11-Apr-2003
The claimants were to be married. They sold the rights to publish photographs of their wedding, but various of the defendants took and published unauthorised pictures.
Held: The claimants had gone to lengths to ensure the commercial value of . .

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See AlsoDouglas and others v Hello! Ltd and others ChD 23-Jan-2004
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CitedDouglas and others v Hello! Ltd and others (No 3) CA 18-May-2005
The principal claimants sold the rights to take photographs of their wedding to a co-claimant magazine (OK). Persons acting on behalf of the defendants took unauthorised photographs which the defendants published. The claimants had retained joint . .
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Updated: 23 July 2022; Ref: scu.187553