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A Paris court has convicted US search engine giant Google and its chief executive Eric Schmidt of defamation over results from its "suggest" function, a French legal affairs website has revealed.
The new function, which suggests options as you type in a word, brought up the words "rapist" and "satanist" when the plaintiff's name was typed into the search engine, legalis.net reported.
The court concluded that the search engine's linking his name to such words was defamatory.
The statement said that the Google Suggest function simply reflected the most common terms used in the past with words entered, so it was not Google itself that was making the suggestions.
The plaintiff in this case had been convicted on appeal to a three-year jail sentence for corruption of a minor,
[edited by: goodroi at 9:13 pm (utc) on Sep 26, 2010]
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I 100% disagree with this ruling.
Company names are not very similar. Business volume is of similar size and both companies are of similar age. Google, however, is sending all our customers looking for our website to one of our main competitors. This behavior is a criminal act and should be severely punished!
Vive la France!
Because a person(s) wrote the script/software...
The message to take home is 'fix your script/software".
To look a search suggestion and take it to be an assertion made by Google is among the dumbest things I have heard.
They are simply suggesting search terms.
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The plaintiff in this case had been convicted on appeal to a three-year jail sentence for corruption of a minor, a conviction that was not yet definitive, when he discovered the results on entering his name in a Google search.
Google uses this, "It's not our fault, it's automated" defense every time they get something wrong.
And software doesn't make suggestions,
And a suggestion to search something made by software isn't an accusation or an assertion of guilt, it is simply a suggestion to search.
G will always say "its not us", but we won't know for sure!