Google News Court Cases
A Belgian court pled Google guilty
of illegally showing parts of articles of some Belgian newspapers on its News Service, ordering it to pay daily fines until it removes unauthorized content. The case has been reheard twice and both times the court said that Google is not an exception to the law. However, Google was not going to pay any fines and never agreed with the verdict.
That case was expected to trigger similar cases in European Union, as too many newspapers expressed resentment when Google used their articles without permission.
Google Street View Court Cases
Switzerland’s privacy watchdog took Google to the court
after it had failed to comply with its request to ensure all the people’s faces and other private data shown on Google’s Street View Service are blurred in order to keep personal privacy protected. Google was also requested to inform the residents in advance about its intention to take pictures of their city. Finally Google blurred the faces and put in license plates, adding that all their actions were absolutely legal, but this appeared not be enough to satisfy Switzerland.
A couple from the US was also suing Google for causing them mental suffering after the making pictures of their house available to the public on their Street View Service. They accused the web giant of privacy invasion and diminishing their property (house) value. Google said in return that unless there are any clear expressions of the owners’ will to stay private (like fence or sign), they can go wherever they want and take pictures of whatever they want.
Google Gmail Court Cases
Google has lost the case in Germany and now doesn’t have the right to use "Gmail" trademark there, as the German-born, Monaco-based entrepreneur has registered resembling “g-mail” trademark in Germany 5 years before. The entrepreneur rejected to sell the trademark to Google for $250,000, because he’s more interested in developing his business. He also registered his trademark in Switzerland, Norway and Monaco, so Google can’t operate under that name there as well and uses “Google mail” term instead.
The similar case was heard in UK
in 2005, where a small British financial research company IIIR claimed to have been using exactly the same trademark (“Gmail”) for 2 years before Google came to the country. However, the trademark was not patented and IIIR rushed to European Union’s offices to register it. Unlike the German opponent, UK company agreed to sell the name of the service, but asked for tens of millions dollars, which Google decided to reject and switched to using “Google mail”, as in Germany.
Google Orkut Court Cases
The celebrities often sue Google as well, and one of them was Rubens Barrichello, a Formula-1 Brazilian driver. He accused Google
of making his fake online profiles available on social network Orkut. Although the final decision of Sao Paulo Court was in favor of Barrichello, his lawyer announced that $500,000 he has got are going to be donated to the charity.
Google YouTube Court Cases
Viacom company, the owner of Paramount Pictures and MTV initiated legal action
worth $1 billion against Google saying that its YouTube Service is guilty of copyright infringement. Google reacted quickly by implementing filtering tools making copyrighted content unable to be posted on the site. The court ruled that Google has to disclose to the company all the details about removed video, including user’s logs, which was considered to be an over-reaching demand.
YouTube was also alleged by Frank Peterson, a German composer, of illegal use of his videos and other audiovisual repertoire. He claimed that since he has never assigned any synchronization rights to YouTube, he is entitled to demand Google to remove all the streams of his productions and ask for remuneration. The composer was not alone by suing Google, as the huge part of video, located on YouTube, infringes copyright, so new and new cases constantly arise.
Google Books ?ourt ?ases
It’s been several years when Google first faced its opponents in the court of New York
at the hearing of the case concerning creating the global digital library. However, the case is still currently central, as there are 26 interested parties there, all outlining objections. Despite Google offered to create a special fund worth $125m for authors to be able to receive compensation, it seems like nobody will ever allow it to accomplish this project.
The case of the same matter was heard in the French court, but this one ended quickly – Google was demanded to pay €300,000 for violating the copyright law. The case was filed after Google Books Service had digitized French books from US libraries without permission.
Indian publishers also tried to move court against Google for illegal scanning Indian books without any authorization – whether for value or for free. However, in India Google and publishers arrived at a settlement instead of sending the suit to trial.
Google Earth Court Cases
"The Google threat" term was used at the hearing of the case against Google Earth Service in India. The service was alleged to be the tool used in deadly attacks on Mumbai, thus helping terrorists. In the Indian case, Google Earth provided images clearly showing the location of India's atomic research facility in detail, which was called "aid terrorists in plotting attacks."
The similar cases are the matter of worry for all other countries. For example, the buildings inside the camp of British base in Iraq were clearly seen on the pictures made at Google Earth. This time Google replaced the pictures with those taken before the base was built.
Google Privacy Rules Court Cases
3 employees of Google Italy has got 6-months imprisonment sentence, as the Court of Milan ruled. It pled them guilty
of allowing to make a video with a disabled person harassed available online on Google Video Service. Google confirmed the intention to appeal the ruling.
Google Search Court Cases
Xerox Corp. accused Google of infringing the company's patents concerning Internet search. The company asked the court to prevent Google from using their technology in future and demanded compensation for using patented technology of generating queries and integrating information. Google declared they don’t believe they are infringing the patents and confirmed the intention to defend.
Another case related to searches
was filed by Metropolitan International Schools company, who accused Google to be liable for showing a defamation information n its search results. However, the UK court has ruled that Google is not responsible for the other site’s content, as it only facilitates the access to it, but do not publish it directly.
Google Adwords and Adsense Court Cases
Daniel Jurin, California entrepreneur, brought a lawsuit against Google related to its AdWords program. He accused Google of false advertising and trademark infringement. However, a federal judge has dismissed his case, ruling that Google doesn’t sell keywords, just ad space.
Aaron Greenspan also sued Google
for terminating his AdSense account with no reason and no money paid. When asked on the hearing about the reason for the account to be canceled, the Google’s representative said they have a right to terminate any publisher for any reason whenever they want. The judge asked if the reason was the plaintiff’s eye color and ruled in favor of Greenspan.
Google is now facing ten similar cases concerning AdWords and infringing trademark. No clear decisions were announced by the courts yet.
March 23rd, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
|wow google has loads of problems|
|Yeah - you get that when you want to rule the world...|
|posted by (2010-03-24 03:06:52)|
|Google is doing mischievous things they should buckle up their boots before its too late.|
|lol google will be ok.. in the end the company will still be worth millions if not billions ...|
|GOOGLE is under fire as always, cause they offer FREE content without a Baised opinion or paying Outrageos prices to many Content Delivery Company's...|
They have NEVER stole a single bit of Content from Anywhere, if anything. They just organised Content from all over the Internet into one place.
YAHOO, MSN/BING, Ask*, ETC. Are all Guilty at the Same time for this as well otherwise. They ALL do site Indexing, and have the Same content stored on there Servers, the difference is. Instead of Hiding it, till a intelligent Web Searcher enters the Correct Corresponding Words into the Search bar. Google Offers the content in Corresponding Pages Containing the information Freely as the users see fit.
If these Company's see such a problem with this, then they should stop offering there media views on the internet and stick to paper production and watch there Company die with the rest of the Profiteering Media Conglomerates.
|Everything always boils down to money in the end, very sad. But i guess thats just the way the world works, however unfortunate that may be.|
|posted by (2010-03-24 19:55:50)|
|Well said kingtiger01.|
|GOOGLE the next MICROSOFT|
|"GOOGLE the next MICROSOFT" Far from it, All of Google's Technology Is opensource, even Andriod OS. Heck even there Web-index Software!.|
So far from it, There not the Huge Monopoly of Pirated sections of other Code, Covertly hidden in a Close Source Platform Call Windows*, Made by Microsoft!
|posted by (2010-03-25 23:19:33)|
|Back about 7 Years ago I use to love Google, but now I can't stand them. The reason why is because they have completely blinded everyone! You are all now walled into a Google box and can't see the real virtual world anymore. I'm not kidding! It took me two weeks to get weened off from them. Don't believe me? Try not using Google for 3 days while your on your computer, not once. No email, no searches, no nothing.... Watch.. you'll have withdrawals.....|
|posted by (2010-03-26 00:19:07)|
|posted by (2010-03-26 10:52:43)|
|I know what you mean, scubadu! I was just talking about that the other day with my girlfriend. Sites pretty much 'cease to exist' if they're not on a Google search.|
|You can google anything, which is why people use it. But it is open source, and totally FREE so why people slate google i dont know. Granted i use google on a daily basis, but thats because they are the best search engine and you can literally google anything from UFO's to the NWO or anything else you can think of. kingtiger01 is absolutely right about google.|
|ohh. it is not nice to read this cases of google google is good for me i learn a lot of knowledge because of this most powerful search engine for me... "GOOGLE IS MY FRIEND" ^^,|
|As my friend Mohd, says from Malaysia, without google. The world would still be visiting every Paid site that YAHOO/MSN lists as top results. When in truth the content they offer is pathetic at best.|
search YAHOO for Bittorrent, lets see how many Miles down the page it takes to find ET, if at all...
and Forget BING/MSN they use word filtering to block Bittorrent and P2P sites.
|This is a very good post. Just wonderful. Truly, I am amazed at what informative things you've told us today. Thanks a million for that.|
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