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Hong Kong barrister sues Next Media firms over unauthorised use of photos

Rosaline Wong is seeking ban on publication, compensation and return of photos showing her and two children, who are reportedly hers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:09pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 10:03pm

Barrister Rosaline Wong Wing-yue has sued media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s companies over alleged copyright infringement in the publication of two photographs of her and two children, who are reported to be hers.

In a High Court writ filed on Monday, Wong asked the court to stop Next Media Interactive and Next Magazine Advertising from copying and reproducing the two photographs.

Wong, who is the daughter of former High Court judge Michael Wong Kin-chow, said any reproduction of the photographs would be an infringement of her copyright.

The lawsuit was also filed against unspecified individuals who “wrongfully” and “unlawfully” provided the photographs for the media companies without her authorisation.

The court document quoted a statement from the media group’s Chinese-language magazine which read that it had acquired two exclusive photographs of Wong. The photographs were allegedly taken shortly after she gave birth at a hospital in the Mid-Levels about two years ago.

The undated statement claimed that the newborn baby and his older brother look very much like Wong.

Her writ did not verify the statement.

The barrister asked the court to ban publication by the defendants of any information relating to the statement’s content and of the photographs by any means, including in video format.

Wong asked for the delivery of all alleged infringing copies of the photographs and articles in the media group’s possession.

She is also seeking unspecified compensation.

Wong was called to the bar in Hong Kong and Britain in 1993 after obtaining a law degree at King’s College London.