From France 24:
A French court has ordered a magazine publisher to return all digital files of topless photos of the duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours.
The weekly magazine Closer is also forbidden to continue to publish the images of the duke and duchess of Cambridge’s private moments, including on its website and in its tablet application. The magazine printed 14 photos of the duchess last week that show her sunbathing topless while on holiday in southern France, taken with a telephoto lens.
Under the ruling, Closer faces a daily fine of €10,000 if it fails to hand over the photos.
“These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred metres from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passersby, are by nature particularly intrusive,” the French ruling decreed. “[They] were thus subjected to this brutal display the moment the cover appeared.”
It’s going to be pretty hard to get this cart back in the barn. The pictures are out there (for example they’re on Wizbang Pop! [NSFW]) and they’re not going to disappear off the internet any time soon. The Italian magazine Chi has published even more pictures [NSFW] from the set, thumbing its nose at potential legal threats.