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Yet Another Person Sues Google Because They Don't Like Pornographic Results When People Search On Their Name

from the it-happens dept

You may recall the series of lawsuits filed by a woman named Bev Stayart who was quite upset about how certain search results on her name appeared. It appears that she's not the only one. Eric Goldman alerts us to a new lawsuit filed against Google by one Alex Petrov, who seems quite upset that when you search on his name, images that he doesn't appreciate show up. There doesn't seem to be any actual legal claim in the filing, so I would imagine it's not long for this world, but Petrov states that Google is purposely trying to "create an association between the name 'Alex Petrov' and sexual content and activities of an offensive nature." Sometimes it makes you wonder if, in lawsuits involving technology, they should make certain people prove they actually understand the technology about which they're suing.

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    MBraedley (profile), 24 Feb 2011 @ 7:28am

    All is not lost

    At least Molly Wood (the cnet editor) is smart enough to tell her podcast watchers not to google her, as there is (according to her) a porn star that shares her name. Hell, if I shared a name with a porn star, I'd do everything in my power to get my website to the top of google. Something like "If you were looking for a porn site, try this link, otherwise you're in the right place" can go a long way.

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