Property rights prevail over freedom of expression!

The High Court has granted an injunction restraining “urban explorers” from trespassing on the roof of the O2 arena and requiring the removal from the internet of videos of previous trespasses on the roof.

The primary purpose of the trespassing was to make videos and earn money by posting them on social media sites.

The court considered the trespassers’ rights to freedom of expression against the property rights of the O2 arena’s owners.

The court decided that the videos had a propensity to encourage further breaches of the owners’ property rights, so removing the videos was a proportionate interference with the explorers’ rights to freedom of expression.

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