One Direction lawyers cite privacy and copyright issues with leaked video

July 2014



Reps for One Direction have reportedly threatened legal action against Mail Online over the website’s ‘pop punks’ Peruvian pot puff’ exclusive after 1D boys Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were seen and heard in a video, seemingly recorded on the former’s phone, smoking and discussing smoking cannabis, and possibly using a racial slur in the process.

The band have alleged that the video was “stolen” from Tomlinson’s phone. According to the Press Gazette, law firm Lee & Thompson has written to the Mail and other news organisations stating that distribution of the video amounts to both an invasion of privacy (because the conversation happened in a private vehicle) and copyright infringement (because Tomlinson owns the copyright).

The legal letter reads: “This video is a private ‘home’ video (filmed in a private vehicle) which has been stolen and the copyright in which is owned by our client Louis Tomlinson. Any publication of the video is unauthorised and unlawful and legal steps are being taken against the parties involved”.

1D member Liam Payne made a number of tweets saying  “I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways, I apologise for that. We are only in our 20s we all do stupid things at this age”. He added: “We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance, I’m not making excuses but it’s fact we are gunna fall short somewhere”, and “Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us through this, just know that we love you guys for it and it means the world”.

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