There's no spell against fame, Mrs. Rowling
Even the best-selling authors in the world can’t win everything. Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling on Tuesday lost a court fight over a paparazzi photo of her son David. The purloined pic of Rowling and husband Neil Murray with the tyke was taken by a photog using a long-range lens in Edinburgh in 2004, AFP says. David, who is now four, was only 20 months at the time.
The couple sued Big Pictures photo agency and Express Newspapers, seeking damages for invasion of privacy over the photo’s publication. The paper settled, but a court ruled that even Rowling couldn’t be allowed to create a press-free zone around her home, as that would violate the law. And since this is the U.K., Rowling and Murray have to pay $81,000 in court costs to the photo agency — couch-cushion money, sure, but enough to make her realize she’s got to learn to live with celebrity.
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