Royals win damages in fight over stolen photos

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam Court has ordered gossip magazine Prive and commercial broadcaster SBS to pay damages for illegally using images and footage on a digital camera stolen from Princess Maxima.

20 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam Court has ordered gossip magazine Prive and commercial broadcaster SBS to pay damages for illegally using images and footage on a digital camera stolen from Princess Maxima.

The court ruled on Wednesday that using the images was illegal and ordered Prive to pay EUR 15,000 in compensation. SBS was told to pay EUR 10,000.

Both Prive and SBS must also publish or broadcast an apology and are not allowed to use the material again.

The camera was stolen from Princess Maxima last year. Photos of newborn daughter Princess Amalia and other private images were later offered for sale.

Despite warnings from the Government Information Service (RVD), both Prive and SBS used the images, sparking the outrage of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima.
 
The royal couple said their privacy was violated. "It is unacceptable. The footage was purposefully taken from Maxima's handbag during a barbeque. We have author's rights," Willem-Alexander said almost a year ago.

But SBS had insisted it adhered to standards of "careful journalism". It also brushed aside demands last year that it admit to having acted improperly.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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