News: Google in Colombia, Constitutional Court orders deletion of defamatory Blogger material

27 10 2017

The latest episode in the Google litigation story has been written by the Colombian Constitutional Court. In the case of Fierro Calcedo v Google Inc (Judgment T-063A/17, in Spanish) that court ordered Google Inc, as the owner of “Blogger.com” to delete a blog which anonymously alleged that the claimant was guilty of fraud.  Read the rest of this entry »





How to regulate Facebook and the online giants in one word: transparency – George Brock

19 10 2017

File 20171016 31002 qye930.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Demands to regulate hi-tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are being heard at deafening pitch almost every day. This rush by the political herd on both sides of the Atlantic to make new laws (or to enforce the breakup of these corporations) is no better focused or thought-out than the extraordinary degree of latitude which the same political classes were prepared to allow the same online platforms only a couple of years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Google v Duffy, No clear result in law applying to search engines – David Rolph

15 10 2017

The long-awaited decision from SA’s Full Supreme Court does little to clarify the perplexing issue of how a search engine is liable for defamation, writes Sydney University media law academic Professor David Rolph … The judgment raises more questions than it answers in relation to publication, intention and knowledge

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Case Law, Australia: Google Inc v Duffy, Appeal court finds Google liable for publication of defamatory content of snippets and hyperlinked articles – Hugh Tomlinson QC

8 10 2017

In an important judgment handed down on 4 October 2017 in the case of Google Inc v Duffy ([2017] SASFC 130 [pdf]) the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Australia upheld the decision of Blue J ([2015] SASC 170) that Google Inc was liable for the defamatory content of the hyperlinks and paragraphs in search results on the claimant’s name (see our comment on the first instance decision). Read the rest of this entry »





Worldwide search de-indexing orders: Google v Equustek – Graham Smith

26 07 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision in Google Inc v Equustek (2017 SCC 34). This is the case in which a small Canadian technology company, Equustek, asked the Canadian courts to grant an injunction against the well-known US search engine ordering it to de-index specified websites – not just on its Canadian domain google.ca, but on a worldwide basis. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Google Inc v Equustek Solutions, Supreme Court upholds worldwide Google blocking injunction – Hugh Tomlinson QC

2 07 2017

On 28 June 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down judgment in the controversial case of Google Inc v Equustek Solutions  (2017 SCC 34) dismissing (7:2) Google’s appeal against a worldwide injunction ordering it to remove websites from search results (2014 BCSC 1063).  The result of this decision is that worldwide injunction against Google remains in place. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: High Court grants permission to appeal in Google libel case

1 07 2017

Interesting times ahead for the law and the internet as High Court of Australia grants special leave to the Melbourne man who successfully sued Google and Yahoo! … Issues of publication and defamatory meaning to be determined.

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