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There's a victory for Britain's royal family after a French court orders -- gossip magazine to hand over topless photos of prince William's wife Kate Middleton.
But with the pictures already splashed all over the Internet and published in other countries is this a case of too little too late.
Let's get into it -- -- -- Fox News legal analyst analyst and Fred TC a former federal prosecutor.
All right so the British court the royal family.
One this order from the French court -- that says you know you you've got to stop publication of the photos you've got to give -- the digital images.
But the images are already out there what good is it going.
Do well I have to France doesn't help but Ireland.
Where the party gone in Italy where there are still being our -- going out that it got to -- -- would both of those countries as well.
But I'm Italian -- -- of -- part of it there's a criminal obligation here I believe they're gonna get a prosecutor involved in this and go after the photographer.
And the editor who -- publicist for up to a year in prison for publishing this but Fred.
You say there's a problem was going after the photographer.
Well I -- -- and I -- that I think there's a problem and I'm not a big fan of pap broad channel like an odd -- doesn't come from kind of person he's reasonably good to see need to be to my shirt off of it.
I get more of the danger of being part of -- -- -- golf.
-- -- but let's pull -- aside the fact of matter assisted.
To an end -- these people are dangerous you know let's not forget the fifteen year deal last month they kind of -- -- prince William's mother caused her death but let's put.
All that aside the the real issues you have basically a lone photographer alone Glenn's been alone for what went woman.
-- a picture from a half mile away on a public road and although the French court upheld that.
I'm not so sure that ultimately -- the end of the day that results in in is much an invasion of privacy.
A little bit limited but in what you're forgetting you know with the French flies much different from the US -- very close ranks.
On privacy and privacy interests and it's it's very the statute is very clear if you take.
A picture of someone in a private setting I -- home their vacation place what ever whether you're on the street are not without their consent.
That is a violation of the criminal statute and for that you are out looking at took two year jail.
I understand it under French law and and I my friend says -- ultimately we're trying to -- pocket.
Well we are they you know we also have pictures -- released an Italian paper 26 pages of them.
You know -- this but this French decisions -- and -- and Italy you've got to go to Italy trying to put the toothpaste back in the hoop and -- state.
But I mean again I -- so I understand -- -- may have violated the law but at some point I mean this is a far cry from chasing people down and a Mercedes-Benz on the back -- -- motorcycle police.
How much of this is being driven by the fact that this is a future queen of England that we're talking about here I mean if you know if if an ordinary woman from London ran into the same problem and her pictures somehow wound up in a magazine.
Would the French court you can be taking up.
This case maybe not but if you look at the at -- first thought it probably wouldn't be there.
But if you look at the statute it's very clear on its face and let me also talk about the Italian and the Irish laws while that the point is yes -- French with the France.
It's court says it will not hold sway in those other courts but those other country on court and at the publication are now on.
Notice they know what the French court has said.
That means damages going forward.
Now of course damages to the royal couple Amin did you know with not much money that my -- but it means that the other companies are held on notice but -- the damages and I've heard about so far -- amount to a -- my for a man Greg made like thirteen hundred.
Did they drop -- What exactly they amount to -- -- and someone may very well make the business decision that it's that it's better to pay the money damages and collect the money from that you know from using these magazines in the world these are from the subscription money.
And you know and move forward so -- You know you have but you know that doesn't always work remember years ago Ford Pinto decided -- let's just let those cars flipped -- people -- in -- -- -- -- gonna blow up.
They were held in criminal liability.
Oh -- exactly let's let me Tyson bit but -- talk about people's lives right quite frankly these pictures of Kate Middleton.
Are no different than what I remember reading magazines I was a seventeen year old boy you may seal some beach on the south of France so that's a far cry out -- -- really huge hit.
You know people who make this kind of conscious decision to sacrifice people's lives and then pay the attorney's fees and the judgment to let it get -- And that's not there's some what but what it's interesting about the current at a French -- -- is and it's criminal liability that that we don't have in this country.
I know least you studied at Harvard I didn't know you'd studied at the Sorbonne in -- yes but listen.
At Yamaichi and happy she is right what John just don't have a defensible position this because she's right -- a -- -- occupied going to.
You always come here I had way you've got offensively -- don't make fun of the ocean.
I've seldom right but I've never -- My position everyone thought that we all agree here that this may be the last time that Kate Middleton -- -- top in any kind of an outdoors population allowed B yes I would agree I'm.
We have some agreement there between the both of you on that up.
Fred DC and yeah.
Hey -- -- And so the thought of seeing you know.
It didn't really even judge all right either I'm happy thank and that's -- thank you guys who would -- anyway I had you know seventeen year old magazine -- -- Hit -- I didn't handle my goodbyes why -- -- found that.
I if -- I was distracted as well by the dancing video of Kate and William again they -- fine I mean if -- -- some very reminiscent of our mothers as you know it's one of them.
One of -- do you what.
-- I don't know French drug what does that mean joy of life to live life there is he's all right look and get around -- out yeah so.
They're doing good they look our right tuna you know his -- he is Diana's -- I'm sure this is quite a learning experience.
Sell it for them that's first -- and well --
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