Mobster-link costs Google $208K as man sues and wins
Judge David Beach ordered Google to pay Trkulja USD 208,000, likening their role in publication to a library or newsagent, which have "sometimes been held to be publishers for the purposes of defamation law" in Australia.
"Google Inc is like the newsagent that sells a newspaper containing a defamatory article," Beach said in his judgement.
"While there might be no specific intention to publish defamatory material, there is a relevant intention by the newsagent to publish the newspaper for the purposes of the law of defamation."
Beach said the jury was "entitled to conclude that Google Inc intended to publish the material that its automated systems produced, because that was what they were designed to do upon a search request".
Trkulja, who argued that his reputation was central to his work and had been seriously damaged by the defamatory material, had already won Aus dollar 225,000 from Yahoo in an earlier case on the same matter.
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