The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed a case brought by the former motor racing chief Max Mosley requiring the media to notify people whose private lives they intend to expose.
He argued that the advance warning would give enough time to apply for a court order to stop the publication.
Lurid details about encounters with prostitutes by Mr Mosley were published by a British tabloid in 2008.
The Court agreed on Yuesday that the publication resulted in ''a flagrant and unjustified invasion'' of Mr Mosley's private life.
But it said a pre-notification requirement would affect political reporting and serious journalism.
AFP reports Mr Mosley said his case was not about freedom of expression but privacy, and said he might seek leave to appeal.