Paul Weller Wins Privacy Damages Over Photos
Singer Paul Weller has won £10,000 privacy damages for three of his children after their faces were published on a newspaper website.
The 55-year-old singer sued Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information on behalf of daughter Dylan, who was 16 when the seven unpixellated pictures appeared on the Daily Mail's website in October 2012, and twin sons John Paul and Bowie, who were 10 months old.
The one-time frontman of The Jam and The Style Council was not at London's High Court to hear the ruling by Mr Justice Dingemans.
The pictures were published after a paparazzo followed Weller and his children on a shopping trip through the streets of Santa Monica, California, taking photos without their consent despite being asked to stop.
Associated Newspapers argued they were entirely innocuous and inoffensive images taken in public places and claimed the Wellers had previously chosen to open up their private family life to public gaze to a significant degree.
A spokesman for MailOnline said: "We are deeply disappointed by this judgment.
"The photographs showed nothing more than Paul Weller and three of his children out and about in public places.
"There was no claim and no finding that we had followed, harassed or targeted Mr Weller or his children and no request had ever been made to pixellate the children's faces.
"Our publication of the images was entirely in line with the law in California where they were taken by a freelance photographer.
"We intend to appeal."