Australian Google Decision Changes Online Legal Landscape

A defamation decision that went against Google in Australia and also against British judgments will create uncertainty among ISPs, online news providers and bloggers.The decision could be followed in numerous jurisidictions and will create a major rethink among many online news and commentary providers, including major ISPs and of course search engines like Google. The ruling judge held that Google was similar to a newspaper publisher in the offline world. The defence of ‘innocent dissemination’ could only be applied if the search engine had taken steps to take down the offending material.

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