This seminar analyses the Supreme Court decision in Phillips v Mulcaire [2012] UKSC 38, a case arising out of the now infamous phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World newspaper, and whose consequences continue to be felt through the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry and criminal proceedings against various News characters. Compared with other aspects of the scandal, the Phillips v Mulcaire decision might seem quite prosaic, centring on the operation of s. 72 of the Senior Courts Act 1981, which withdraws the privilege against self-incrimination (PSI) from defendants in certain cases involving “intellectual property”. The question for the Supreme Court was whether s. 72 prevented Glenn Mulcaire, former private investigator for News and a defendant in various civil actions, from asserting PSI in respect of claims grounded in confidence and privacy. However, the case is a landmark for its contribution to debates on the paradox that has been said to arise from treating confidential information as a form of intellectual property.