November 8, 2013
The Paris High Court (PHC) has ordered Google to block access to search results containing compromising pictures of Max Mosely, former Formula One racing president.
Mosely participated in a sado-masochistic sex party with 5 female prostitutes that was captured in photographs that were later displayed on the internet.
The PHC requested that Google set up a “censorship machine” to protect celebrities from having posts of their nefarious activities on the web with headlines such as “F1 BOSS HAS SICK NAZI ORGY WITH 5 HOOKERS”.
Surprisingly , Oswald Mosely, the father of Max, was “the head of the UK Fascist party and a friend of the Führer.”
The News of the World website, owned by Rupert Murdoch, where the pictures originated, has been declared illegal in separate cases in France and Germany.
Mosely said to the press: “This is a welcome decision. The action was brought in respect of a small number of specific images ruled illegal in the English and French courts several years ago. Despite their illegality and my repeated notifications to them, Google continued to make the images available on its own webpages.”
The PHC awarded Mosely €60,000 in damages with the added perk that the court found “no substance” to the Nazi accusation; regardless of the evidence.
Google responded: “This not just a case about Google, but the entire Internet industry. If Mr. Mosley’s proposal prevails, any start-up could face the same daunting and expensive obligation to build new censorship tools — despite the harm to users’ fundamental rights and the ineffectiveness of such measures.”
There will be a campaign to remove “links to material from the story on a case-to-case basis.”
Google will appeal the decision based on free speech.
Daphne Keller, associate general counsel for Google, commented : “This not just a case about Google, but the entire Internet industry. If Mr. Mosley’s proposal prevails, any startup could face the same daunting and expensive obligation to build new censorship tools — despite the harm to users’ fundamental rights and the ineffectiveness of such measures.”