Google will pay U.S. $208,000 to an Australian for defamation
The Australian event promoter Milorad Trkulja was shot in the back in 2004 when her mother ate at a restaurant in Melbourne. The case was never solved, but when googling his name was associated with the local mob boss Tony Mokbel, and a site-now defunct-which collected the crimes associated with gangsters in Melbourne.
The promoter asked unsuccessfully to withdraw his name Google search engine in 2009. The refusal, Trkulja sued the computer giant. The case reached the Supreme court of Victoria (State of Australia), who found Google guilty of Defamation so the Mountain View company will have to pay U.S. $208,000 to Trkulja.
The Internet giant defended herself by saying that he could not hold responsible for the material posted by others, but what matters, and that set a precedent unparalleled in the Australian legal system, is that the court found that because Google designed its search engine this is who finally published the material.
“Google Inc is a newsstand that sells a newspaper containing a defamatory article. While there was no specific intent to publish a defamatory, there is a relevant intention by the ‘kiosk’ published the ‘newspaper’ for the purpose of defaming “. He said the Trial judge David Beach.
Link: Australian wins $ 208k from Google for defamation (Phys.org)Tags: Australia, Australian, court, Cyber Defamation, Defamation, Google, Supreme Court, Trial, Trials