The family of Schapelle Corby is suing a major publisher over photographs that appeared in a damning expose that claimed she took the fall for her drug-dealing father.
Schapelle’s sister Mercedes, brother Michael and mother Rosleigh Rose are suing publisher Allen & Unwin in the Federal Court, claiming photographs reproduced in Eamon Duff’s Sins of the Father: The Untold story behind Schapelle Corby’s ill-fated drug run breach their copyright.
Ten pictures in dispute include one taken in 1983 of Schapelle Corby and Santa in Brisbane, another of her with family members at Brisbane Airport just hours before she was arrested and another of her mother visiting Corby in Bali.
“By infringing the copyright in the works … the (publisher) has made profits which it would be unconscionable for it to retain,” says the Statement of Claim, which was lodged with the Federal Court in NSW.
The book claimed Corby was running drugs for father Mick Corby, who died in 2008, when she was arrested in Bali.
Books on the Corby family have enjoyed roaring success. Schapelle’s tell-all book, My Story, published in 2006, earned $280,000.
Estimates have put the total amount earned from interviews, book royalties and defamation payouts at more than $3 million.
Corby was sentenced to 20 years jail in 2005 after being convicted of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Bali secreted in her bodyboard bag.
Corby’s 20-year sentence was slashed by five years in May. Allen & Unwin declined to comment.