IanKelley - 3:10 am on Nov 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
Not that I'm on Google's side here, I'm on the side of all webmasters as the integral search on any website which is a mere query into a SQL database could now be deemed 'editorial'. People jump up and down when Google gets shot in the foot but the next time you jump you might feel a sharp pain as you find out you were shot in the foot too [...] technologically inept law
Exactly! This is something that should concern every webmaster and developer that uses any kind of automated query to grab/display content.
I don't know the details here but how does Google know he isn't lying?
Right, and moreover, how do they employ the huge army of employees that would be necessary in order to field and verify these types of requests if they were considered responsible for doing so worldwide.
The obvious answer is they can't, no internet company has those kinds of resources. So what we are talking about is the end of search. Not just Google but Bing, Yahoo, and every future attempt at automated organization of information on the internet.
It's too much information to expect any organization to be able to afford to monitor it non algorithmically. It has to be automated.
I kinda doubt other courts will follow Victoria on this but you never know, even now in 2012 the extent to which courts and politicians fail to understand technology is pretty amazing.