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Victory for Google in Search Engine Dispute

Written by Jody Tsigarides on 21 July 2009

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It has been ruled that Google cannot be held responsible for content published on third party websites.

The case involved an action by Metropolitan International Schools which claimed that Google should be held responsible for negative comments posted on a bulletin board over the Internet. However Justice Eady ruled that a search engine is an automated service and cannot be considered a publisher under the law of England & Wales. The basis of this decision rested on the fact that Google had not authorised the comments to appear and had not written the comments and simply acted as the facility by which users could access the comments.

It was held that the claim had no real prospect of success.

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