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Paul Weller 'absolutely delighted' by privacy lawsuit victory

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Apr 16, 2014 | 12:15pm EDT

Rocker Paul Weller has expressed his delight after winning $16,000 (£10,000) in a privacy lawsuit against British tabloid editors after they published photos of his twin babies. The former The Jam frontman took issue with snaps of himself, his sons John-Paul and Bowie, and his wife Hannah enjoying family day out in Los Angeles, which made up part of an article posted on the MailOnline in October, 2012. He claimed the pictures invaded his family's privacy and were "plainly voyeuristic", while his lawyer David Sherborne also argued that Hannah had taken steps to keep the twins' faces out of the public eye following their birth the previous January. A judge at London's High Court ruled in Weller's favour on Wednesday (16Apr14) and ordered bosses at the website's parent company, Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), to pay damages. Now the Wellers have spoken out about their legal victory, revealing they sued to protect their kids from any future paparazzi harassment. A joint statement from the couple reads: "We are absolutely delighted with the positive outcome of our privacy case against ANL. As we are with the fact that in a detailed and very carefully reasoned judgment, the Court has upheld our complaint that unpixellated photographs taken of our children while out enjoying some quality time with their family should not be published without consent. That is why we brought this action on their behalf. "The only reason for publishing the photographs was because they are the children of someone well-known. That is no proper justification at all... This is an important step in the protection of children's rights, and this decision should be welcomed by those who value them, regardless of whether they are so-called 'famous' or not... "It is our opinion that this protection should be automatically offered by law and should not have to be sought by families in a similar predicament. This was a distressing situation for our family and we are happy that this case has concluded and that justice has been done."

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