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German Court Orders Google To Block Mosely Images
Follows on from French court ruling

 3:27 pm on Jan 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

Another small step.

The principal sounds straightforward, but from a technical point of view, it's really tough, especially constantly tracking down freshly uploaded copies. And then, of course, that's France and Germany. Now, let me see, how many other countries does that leave!

A German court has ordered Google to block search results in Germany linking to photos of a sex party involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley.

The court said on Friday that although Google had not taken the pictures it was responsible as a distributor of the images.

"The court is of the opinion that the banned pictures of the plaintiff severely violate his private sphere, as they show him active in sexual practices," the court said.German Court Orders Google To Block Mosely Images [uk.reuters.com]
Google said on Friday it would appeal the ruling.

"It could mean that Internet providers are required to monitor even the smallest components of content they transmit or store for their users. We believe this is contrary to European law," a Google spokesman said.

Earlier story
French Court Rules Google Must Remove Moseley Images From Search [webmasterworld.com]



 5:21 pm on Jan 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

I would agree with G if it was pure search taking the user from a thumbnail to the original site. What they do now, however, is display the full sized image within their own site as if it were their own content.

If they want to use the content like that then they should take the liabilities that go with it as well.


 8:36 pm on Jan 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

If you or I were to copy and redistribute images/content from another site, it would be infringement. Amazing how using the search engine excuse/defense (while profiting from other people's work) makes it all right <sarcasm>.


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