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Defamatory suggestions: what liability for search engines?

June 2011 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms) . Legal Developments by Portolano Colella Cavallo Studio Legale.

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By Laura Liguori and Federica De Santis

Following a recent case involving the search engine Yahoo! Italia, another Italian court has addressed the issue of search engine liability. On March 24 2011 the Court of Milan found Google liable for defamation because its auto-complete suggestions paired the plaintiff’s name with defamatory keywords. The court upheld its earlier interim injunction of January 25 2011. 

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