Google Not Liable for Links to Defamatory Content, Top Australian Court Rules

SYDNEY—Australia’s highest courtroom dominated that Alphabet Google isn’t chargeable for defamatory content material that may be accessed through a hyperlink in its search outcomes, a win for Google in a jurisdiction that has at occasions taken a tough line in opposition to tech platforms.

The case concerned a lawyer, George Defteros, who alleged {that a} Google search of his identify returned a hyperlink to and a snippet of a newspaper article that was defamatory. Decrease courts discovered that the article implied Mr. Defteros had turn out to be a buddy of felony components, and that Google could possibly be thought of a writer of the article as a result of the search consequence was essential to speaking its contents to finish customers, courtroom paperwork stated. Google was ordered to pay damages of 40,000 Australian {dollars}, equal to $28,100.