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1D Harry gets 'Anti-Paparazzi' injunction

One Direction's Harry Styles seemingly has it all: squillions in the bank; the biggest of big hair; and no shortage of female admirers. 

However, living the celebrity dream isn't all plain sailing. 

Various members of 1D have recently complained about their treatment by the Paparazzi.  Harry's band mate Niall recently alleged that he had been dragged to the floor at Los Angeles airport "by some idiot with a camera.  Similarly, Louis claimed that 1D was placed under siege by photographers on their Australian tour.

For his part, in 2013, Harry issued court proceedings at the High Court in London to end the Paparazzi's "crazy pursuit of him. He obtained an "anti-harassment order to curb the behaviour of unnamed photographers. 

In the latest development in the case, at a High Court hearing yesterday, four photographers agreed to the injunction order being made "permanent against them. The court also granted Harry more time to identify the other photographers potentially involved in the case. 

During the case, Harry's barrister told the Judge:

"Mr Styles is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos. He remains happy to do that, as he always has.  Rather, it is the method or tactics which have been used by a certain type of photographer.

What does the court order say exactly?

The injunction prevents unnamed individuals from pursuing Harry by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance, loitering or waiting within 50 metres of his place of residence to monitor his movements or take photographs of him in such circumstances.

Harry follows in the well-trodden legal footsteps of other singers who have obtained similar injunctions against photographers, such as Cheryl Cole. 

Harry's order is based on the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.  It is not a "privacy injunction.  It is also worth noting that the Press Complaints Commission Editors' Code of Practice also forbids "harassment of individuals, including photographing or pursuing someone after being asked to stop.  Editors must take care not to use photographs from other sources (usually freelance paps) who have not complied with the rules.

If you would like to discuss harassment injunctions with us, please call our Media Law team on 0845 872 6666. 

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