Company Continues To Insist That Google Is Responsible For Libel On Any Site It Links To

from the sorry,-but,-no dept

Can a day go by without a story about a ridiculous lawsuit against Google? The latest is really more of an update of a case we wrote about a few years ago, where the company Dotworlds sent us their own press release, claiming that they were suing Google for linking to sites that contained libel (according to Dotworlds) against it. That, of course, was ridiculous, since Google is not the responsible party at all, and simply provides a search engine. We pointed that out in our post about it, and the folks from Dotworlds responded using an emotional, rather than legal, argument basically saying that it's too much work to figure out who was actually responsible, so why shouldn't they take the easy path and sue Google? The company is apparently now suing Google in the UK, since the UK's libel laws are a lot stricter. So it's entirely possible that a judge will find that Google somehow is liable for the content on others' pages. The head of Dotworlds claims that Google is liable here because he's informed it of the libelous statements -- but that doesn't change the simple fact that Google is not the one publishing those statements. Blaming Google for finding libelous statements is blaming the tool, not whoever is actually responsible. It may be easier, but that doesn't mean it's right.

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    GoblinJuice, 3 Jul 2007 @ 3:04pm

    Who?

    Dot... Words? Never heard of 'em.

    Instead of going after people who bitch and moan about your product(s) (actually, going after an innocent third party that is just INDEXING the shit), how about improving? =) I know, it's a crazy friggin' idea.

    Jeesh. Just imagine the shape Microsoft would be in right now if Gates went batshit everytime someone said something negative about him.

    If DotWords (god that's a lame name for a company) is successful, I plan to sue Google, too. Every time one of my ex's says ANYTHING negative about me, that gets indexed by Google.... bwahaha. =) I'll be RICH!

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