Google to block Mosley orgy photos

Google to block Mosley orgy photos
Highlights

Google To Block Mosley Orgy Photos

Hamburg: A German court ruled Friday that Google must block photos of a sadomasochistic orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley, two months after a similar ruling in France.
Google To Block Mosley Orgy PhotosPhotosThe court said the six images taken from a video of the orgy that was filmed by Britain’s now defunct News of the World (NoW) tabloid seriously breached Mosley’s privacy.
Google immediately said it would appeal the German court’s decision, saying it sent a “disturbing message”.
The US technology firm must prevent the pictures being shown on its German-based google.de site, including via links on its search engine, the court in the northern city of Hamburg ruled.“In the court’s view, the pictures offered seriously violate the plaintiff’s privacy,” said judge Simone Kaefer.
If Google continues to allow the pictures to be seen, it faces a fine of up to 250,000 euros ($342,000) per individual case.
The ruling is the latest in a string of legal battles waged by 73-year-old Mosley related to the publication of the video and a 2008 article published by the Rupert Murdoch-owned British newspaper alleging it was a Nazi-themed orgy.
Mosley successfully took the publisher of the News of the World to court over the Nazi claim, winning £60,000 (73,000 euros, $99,500) in damages when the judge ruled there was no Nazi element.
In November a French court also ordered Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to nine images of the orgy, prompting the US Internet giant to similarly announce it would appeal and argued it raised fears over costly and heavy-handed automated censorship of the Internet.
“Even if it refers to an individual person and specific content, today’s verdict nevertheless sends a disturbing message,” Google said in a statement Friday.
“It could lead to Internet service providers being obligated to monitor even the smallest elements of content which they transmit or save for their users,” it said.


Show Full Article
Download The Hans India Android App or iOS App for the Latest update on your phone.
More Stories


Top