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Woman loses privacy invasion suit

A CITY court dismissed a lawsuit by a woman demanding compensation from four universities for invasion of privacy after she found her image was used in classrooms.

"The universities did not insult or libel the plaintiff," Minhang District People's Court said.

The court declined to disclose the woman's name.

In 2005, the woman was a guest on a TV program in which she discussed her battle to lose weight and later became anorexic. The program was broadcast on China Central Television twice that year and later it could also be seen on DVD, the court heard.

The four universities purchased the DVD through an agency in Beijing and used it as a teaching aid in classes from 2009 until 2010.

She demanded a 90,000 yuan (US$13,857) compensation, the video removed, and an apology from the universities.

The universities argued the DVDs were bought from a company that had authorization from the TV station.

The court ruled the woman had chosen to make her story public by agreeing to appear on the TV show and the universities had acquired the videos legally.


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