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JKR loses court battle to ban photo of son

A photo of JK Rowling's son, David, was previously published by The Sunday Express alongside an article about Jo's approach to motherhood. JK later sued the paper and the agency which supplied the photo, seeking damages and an injunction banning further publication of the photograph or any other picture taken of him without his consent. Unfortunately, she has lost this case but plans to appeal.

Jo and husband Neil stated, “We see no legitimate reason why, as in this case, David, who was less than two years of age at the time, should have his photograph taken and then published in the press. We take his, and that of his siblings, privacy and safety very seriously.”

The judge remarked that he has “considerable sympathy for the claimant's parents and anyone else who wishes to shield their children from intrusive media attention. [But] an area of routine activity which, when conducted in a public place, carries no guarantee of privacy.”

We wish Jo luck in her appeal.