There is a long history of litigation over the publication of unpublished diaries and letters under copyright law and confidential information. I was surprised to see the Australian newspaper today publish such material today, without any indication that they had permission.
See for instance the UK precedent of HRH Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2006] EWHC 522 (Ch)… #copyright #confidentialinformation
And the Australian case of Commonwealth v John Fairfax & Sons Ltd ("Defence Papers case") [1980] HCA 44; (1980) 147 CLR 39 (1 December 1980) dealt with confidential information and copyright and unpublished government documents…
The US had the epic Salinger letters copyright litigation… #copyright #letters
Famously, News Corp has argued for broad copyright protection, and a narrow defence of fair dealing in Australia in #auspol #auslaw
So it is worth wondering how the Australian dealt with the copyright in the diaries and the letters in this case.
Did the Australian, Peter Van Onselen and Janet Albrechtsen get consent from the copyright owner to publish the literary works - like the private diaries and letters?… #auslaw #auspol #copyright #unpublishedworks
. @marquelawyers expressed revulsion at the publication of the private diaries and letters. Amongst other things, they do work on copyright and other forms of IP.
Another UK precedent on copyright and unpublished works - Meghan Markle wins front page admission of copyright infringement from ANL after publication of her private letter to her father… #copyright #letters
Mail on Sunday must print front-page statement admitting Meghan won copyright battle over the publication of her private letter to her father… #copyright #privacy #letters

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