The Borings Eloquently Appeal The Street View Ruling, Declaring: Google, Don't Tread On Me
from the eloquence-means-nothing-under-the-law dept
Last month, a court totally dismissed the lawsuit filed by Aaron and Christine Boring, who had complained about Google’s Street View images of their home, suggesting that the company had driven onto their private driveway to get the photos. The court pointed out, correctly, that the Borings had no case because they could have availed themselves of the simple mechanism on Google to remove the images. Still, the Borings are now appealing, and turning this into quite the epic battle of small guy vs. big company:
“Whether the trespass is by a foreign king, or the royalty of big business, does not matter. The Borings, such as our American forefathers in millennia past, are entitled to proclaim, ‘Google, Don’t Tread On Me.'”
That seems to be overplaying their hand just a bit. As is the claim that the original ruling made them “Google slaves”:
“This Court tells Google that it is okay to enter onto a person’s private property without permission. I would not teach that rule to my child. This Court’s ruling makes our private property a Google Slave; our property is no longer our own: it is forced to work for another, against its will, without compensation, for the profit of another. The Federal Court should free slavery, not create it.”
It’s not like Google took over their property or anything. The Google Maps car looks like it pulled into, and backed out of their driveway — which it may have confused as another road. It did no damage, and the end result — the photo — could have been easily removed by the family. This is hardly a case of a massive trampling of anyone’s rights.