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Author Topic: Google wins ruling on defamatory content  (Read 1512 times)


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Google wins ruling on defamatory content
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:06:57 PM »

DON'T shoot the messenger: Victory for Google as top judge rules it can't be held responsible for defamatory blog posts

By Tom Gardner

(Last updated at 10:03 PM on 2nd March 2012)
A High Court judge has likened Google to a graffiti strewn wall in a landmark judgement which says it cannot be held responsible for libellous or offensive content.

Mr Justice Eady said the internet giant was not bound by laws governing publishers, giving the company widespread immunity from English defamation laws.

In the judgement, which will have huge implications for freedom of speech in this country, he said: ‘It is no doubt often true that the owner of a wall which has been festooned, overnight, with defamatory graffiti could acquire scaffolding and have it all deleted with whitewash.’............ (more)

Some common sense at last, site admin/owners will be releived to see this ruling.


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Re: Google wins ruling on defamatory content
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012, 08:14:17 PM »

Agreed, some common sense by a "big wig".  :clap2:
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Re: Google wins ruling on defamatory content
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012, 09:11:05 PM »

Worrying logic from some of those leaving comments on the Mail website.

An allegation of defamation should be determined in a court.   That's why we have courts.    The alternative is a system of arbitrary censorship where anyone, guilty or not of an allegation, can simply shout "libel" to gag critics.

The plaintiff, Mr Payam Tamiz, was a prospective Conservative candidate. Just not cut out for the job to have such a hissy-fit over some shallow blog comments on a back water of the internet.

The sad thing is that very few people had heard of Mr Tamiz before this case.  And even fewer would have read the defamatory comments made about him.

But now, because of the publicity, millions of us will read the outrageous and disgusting blog comments since they are recorded for posterity in Mr Justice Eady's judgment  :o  [1]

Certainly no one can accuse Mr Justice Eady of being a stuffy old fart.... "Nowadays, I do not suppose that..sleeping with girls at houseparties..would be taken to be defamatory by "right-thinking members of society"..

Why am I never invited to these "houseparties" ?!

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« Last Edit: March 03, 2012, 09:19:01 PM by asbokid »