At Least This Time, A Belgian Court Knows Not To Blame Google
from the sometimes-it-all-works-out dept
While Google has had some trouble with Belgian courts not understanding how the internet works, apparently they've at least convinced one judge not to blame Google for the way its software works. Last year, a software company sued Google in Belgium over its "Google Suggest" feature. That's the tool that, as you type in your query, Google suggests other similar or related queries that users have also typed in. The idea is that it may help you choose a better query to answer your question. The problem was that for this particular software company, as you typed its name, the suggests were to add additional words that would point users to ways to crack the software to use it for free. However, the Belgian court noted, correctly, that this isn't Google's fault. Google shouldn't be blamed for the fact that many of its users search for such cracks, and that that kind of information appears on the web. The court noted that there's no reason to find Google liable for the information of others, and they also rejected the charge that this was somehow "false advertising" because the Google Suggest service has nothing to do with advertising. Always nice to see a reasonable decision come down on these types of issues.