The Google Three: Italy’s Personal Attack on Intermediary Liability

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The Google Three: Italy’s Personal Attack on Intermediary Liability

This week, an Italian magistrate convicted three Google employees for an Internet video that none of them had produced, uploaded, or even seen. The case arose from an Italian video that was uploaded in 2006 to Google Video, which showed a disabled child being bullied by other schoolchildren. An advocacy organization and the boy’s father in Milan pushed for a criminal prosecution; a local prosecutor decided to pursue a case against four individual Google employees. In the decision, a defamation charge was dropped, but three of the named executives were found guilty of a charge related to Italy’s privacy laws, and each sentenced to a six month suspended sentences.

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