French sports fans have image rights too: balancing personal privacy against the public’s right to be informed
Published 31 July 2019 By: Thierry Granturco
Supporters in France have “image rights” too. Usually, it is the image rights of footballers and their exploitation by clubs or the media that are the subject of disputes and court cases. However, the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Versailles dated 7 May 2019 (no. 17/03549), which went against the company Webedia, reminds us that such rights do not only apply only to sportspersons, and that supporters can also have certain protective rights against the unauthorised use of their images, especially as it corresponds to the related right to privacy in France. This article briefly reviews the case.
Get access to this article and all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport
Already a member?
Articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts
This work was written for and first published on LawInSport.com (unless otherwise stated) and the copyright is owned by LawInSport Ltd. Permission is granted to make digital or hard copies of this work (or part, or abstracts, of it) for personal use provided copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage, and provided that all copies bear this notice and full citation on the first page (which should include the URL, company name (LawInSport), article title, author name, date of the publication and date of use) of any copies made. Copyright for components of this work owned by parties other than LawInSport must be honoured.
- Tags: Commercial | Contract | FIFA | FIFA Champions league | Football | France | Image Rights | Intellectual Property | Privacy Rights
- Taxation of image rights agreements – vital lessons for football clubs and players from the Hull City Tigers v HMRC decision
- Headline issues for brands to consider when negotiating athlete publicity licenses
- Image rights and international footballers: the curious case of Mohamed Salah and the Egypt Football Association
Partner, DS Avocats
Thierry Granturco is a member of the Paris and Brussels Bars. He mainly works on cases relating to sports, and represents national governments, international companies, international NGOs, as well as professional sportsmen and women and sports associations/federations.
He is a European Commission expert since 1997 and a UNO expert since 1999. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris and from ENA (CHEE) and is an auditor at the INHESJ and at the IHEDN. Thierry Granturco holds a Doctorate of Political Sciences (Université Paris I – La Sorbonne, 2004) and a Doctorate of International Relations (Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, Paris, 2005).