Google Italy – Italian courts trash UGC business model

The ruling on the Google Italy case is in, with Google employees being convicted.  I can’t put it simpler than to say: outrageous, outrageous, outrageous!

Google should have been protected by the Ecommerce Directive as a host of the video and that should have been the end of it.  The matter should never have come to court on privacy grounds. 

Google absolutely did the right thing and acted properly in removing the video as soon as it knew about it.

Thanks for your fashion sense Italy … but seriously, what’s going on?  Let’s not trash a whole business model eh!

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One thought on “Google Italy – Italian courts trash UGC business model

  1. Is is just possible that the Italian court didn’t feel the need to overly-concern itself with the letter (or indeed, the substance) of the law here. Perhaps the court’s assessment of the position proceeded no further than (and I paraphrase): The claimant is Italian. And the defendant isn’t Italian. Cynical, moi?

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