OK v Hello!
has been decided in the < a href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldjudgmt/jd070502/obg-3.htm
"> House of Lords (thanks to loveandgarbage
for the tip-off. THis is the biggest case on privacy/misuse of confidential information in the history of English law. This is NOT, it should be stressed, about whether Michael Douglas and C Zeta-Jones had their privacy invaded at their wedding (that one's been and gone in a shower of legal fees); it is about whether Hello! stole confidential information from OK, the information not being "about" OK, but about the aforesaid starlets. And, according to the HL, yes, they did.
I haven't read it yet but I am heartened by one para that already caught my eye:
"118. It is first necessary to avoid being distracted by the concepts of privacy and personal information. In recent years, English law has adapted the action for breach of confidence to provide a remedy for the unauthorized disclosure of personal information: see Campbell v MGN Ltd  2 AC 457. This development has been mediated by the analogy of the right to privacy conferred by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and has required a balancing of that right against the right to freedom of expression conferred by article 10. But this appeal is not concerned with the protection of privacy. Whatever may have been the position of the Douglases, who, as I mentioned, recovered damages for an invasion of their privacy, OK!'s claim is to protect commercially confidential information and nothing more. So your Lordships need not be concerned with Convention rights. OK! has no claim to privacy under article 8 nor can it make a claim which is parasitic upon the Douglases' right to privacy. The fact that the information happens to have been about the personal life of the Douglases is irrelevant. It could have been information about anything that a newspaper was willing to pay for.
What matters is that the Douglases, by the way they arranged their wedding, were in a position to impose an obligation of confidence. They were in control of the information."
So we have not recognised , it appears, that X can sell their private life to Y, and Y can use privacy remedies to defend it. This is a good thing. On the other hand, we have it seems created anew form of intellectual property which can be defended against infringement by all comers. Celebrities and their lawyers and the crappy celebrity culture will all be very happy; and that can only be bad.