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BBC v HarperCollins Publishers Limited

[2010] EWHC 2424 (Ch)

Case summary last updated at 02/02/2020 14:22 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case BBC v HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Person who played the Stig on Top Gear wanted to publish autobiography. BBC sued publishers alleging breach of confidence. D claimed there was no breach as information had already been made public through widespread press speculation as to identity of the Stig. Held:
·       Identity of Stig was so generally accessible that it could no longer be regarded as confidential.
·       This because press coverage went well beyond mere speculation as to Stig’s identity
Ø  Rather the statements as to Stig’s identity by press would be understood by public as statements of fact

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