Bristol firm's link to Kate Middleton's topless photos
A UK website reproducing topless photos of Kate Middleton has been set up using the name of a Bristol company.
The site, which the Post has chosen not to name, contains a number of the images of the Duchess of Cambridge, which are causing an international storm.
The domain name was registered on September 14, with the "registrant" recorded as Bee Digital Media Ltd, a company set up by Oliver James in Clifton last year which specialised in building websites for clients and helping them with digital marketing.
But, shocked to hear about it, Mr James told the Post the site was nothing to do with his company and had not been set up by him.
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The Post contacted Mr James by phone, and he replied by text to say it was "disturbing" that his company's name had been used without his permission.
"This site is not Bee Digital, it seems to be physically hosted in the US," he said. "I'm not sure off hand how to find out what's going on with the registrant details but will try to contact the registration service and find out how Bee Digital has been associated with it."
When the site was registered with Nominet, which manages web domains, Bee Digital's business address on Alma Vale Road was provided. It was given a co.uk address ending, indicating a UK site. But a day later, the "registrant's address" had been changed to "San Fransisco (sic), California, 92274, United States".
The website has what are described as "fun" pictures of Princes William and Harry, and a section entitled "The Topless Photos".
Mr James set up Bee Digital Ltd in April last year. Now working for another company and no longer living at the address in Alma Vale Road, he says he no longer runs Bee Digital as a "going concern", but has kept the company and its own website live in case he uses it again in future.
Pointing out how easy it is for anyone to pay for and register a domain name, in a further text message he added: "You can register a site with 'joe blogs' if you like, so (I) would not put the company name in if I was going to put content like that up on the site."
In a further text message, he said: "I think it's wholly unfair to include my name because someone has typed my company name in a box somewhere in the US."
Avon and Somerset police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said an officer had been informed of the website in question, but it was not considered a "policing matter".
Barristers for Kate and William have been seeking civil and criminal legal action against French Closer magazine, which caused outrage when it published photos taken by a paparazzo while the royal couple relaxed on holiday at a secluded chateau in the South of France.
The couple have been on a nine-day diamond jubilee tour of South-East Asia and the South Pacific, but their trip has been largely overshadowed by the media frenzy over the images.
On Tuesday, they succeeded in getting an injunction from a French court which has stopped Closer from printing more intimate images of the Duchess, or selling them. The royals are also awaiting a decision from France's criminal prosecutors about whether they will bring criminal charges against the photographer who took them.
In the UK, it is not a criminal offence to invade someone's privacy with a long-lens camera, but Article eight of the Human Rights Act 1998 says an individual has the right to his or her "private and family life".
Injunctions can be granted by courts preventing stories or photographs being published and people can be sued through the civil courts for breaching someone's privacy.
British newspapers have refrained from publishing the photographs, including the Sun, which was the only British title to run mobile phone pictures of William's brother Prince Harry naked in a Las Vegas hotel last month.
But the Irish Daily Star did publish the topless photos of Kate and its editor Michael O'Kane has been "put on leave" while an investigation is carried out.
This week, the Italian gossip magazine Chi and Danish celebrity magazine Se & Hoer have also printed the photographs, in 26 and 16-page supplements respectively.