Google Wins Lawsuit In France Over Censoring Autocomplete On File Sharing Terms… But Still Does It Anyway
from the why? dept
We’re still quite confused about Google’s recent decision (under pressure from the US government) to censor its autocomplete suggestions for certain terms that might be related to infringement. But the decision to do so seems even odder now, as we find out that, all this time, Google’s been fighting a lawsuit in France that’s trying to force the company to do the same thing. Apparently, the French anti-piracy organization SNEP sued about autocomplete, saying that showing suggestions that include things like “torrent,” “RapidShare,” and “Megaupload” were tantamount to encouraging infringement. Thankfully, both the lower court and now an appeals court have ruled that Google need not censor autocomplete search entries… But it seems like the victory is somewhat meaningless, in that Google has decided to censor itself anyway.