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I suppose at the time there was no sort of laws around protecting an exclusive, and it was actually OK! won this particular dispute sort of based on it was a commercial decision rather than a privacy dispute. It was a landmark case, and since then there are now -- there's a sort of ring of protection around exclusives, which means that it is unlawful for other publications to spoil another exclusive. Preceding the year 2000, OK! had spoiled a number of Hello!'s exclusives, and Hello! hadn't sort of retaliated, so I guess there was a cavalier sort of feeling that these pictures had been offered so they were bought.

But really rather than dwelling on this situation that did happen 12 years ago, the thing I want to make clear is that it was a mistake, it was a very costly mistake, it doesn't indicate a culture of practice at the magazine, the situation has never occurred again, there's actually quite a good relationship amongst the magazines in that we know if somebody else has an exclusive, we don't have to send legal letters out. We stay away from it and exclusives now are protected.

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