YouTube Won’t Be Filtered by Google

French court has recently told its broadcaster TF1 that it is not allowed to collect money from the search giant Google for its sports and movie coverage that leaked to YouTube. The broadcaster claimed 141,000,000 euro in damages, but ended up with being ordered to pay 80,000 euro of the search engine’s legal fees.

The court ruling said that the search engine can’t be hold responsible for filtering the material on YouTube. This decision follows an earlier case in the country last year, in which video-sharing service Dailymotion was recognized as a platform for the material rather than an editor of it, whether it is copyrighted or not.

For others, this ruling means that online service aren’t legally liable for ensuring that unauthorized content doesn’t appear, as long as it does whatever it can to take illegal content down once the rights holder sends a complaint.

In the meantime, there are a few other cases going on in the EU – for example, a German court has handed down a decision in April that the streaming website was liable for the video its users uploaded and should delete copyrighted clips or face a hefty royalties bill.

Nevertheless, in France the courts have been repeatedly ruling that YouTube wasn’t responsible in principle for the video material on its website, but rather its users were. In other words, it has been said that Google had no obligation to check the material before it is uploaded as long as it informed its users that publishing TV shows, music clips, concerts or advertisements without prior consent of the copyright holder wasn’t allowed.

The broadcaster, TF1, claimed that it was surprised with the decision and might try to appeal it. The search giant told local media that the decision in question was good for both the company and its users.


Google requested to kill auto-complete function in Japan

It seems that the Japanese judges have come down hard on the search giant’s auto-complete search function. The local press reported that a Tokyo District Court has approved a petition demanding that the search engine stop using its auto-complete feature.
Some Japanese individual claimed that the auto-complete feature breached his privacy. The matter was that the feature actually led to the loss of his job – it turned out that when typing in this guy’s name, the engine’s auto-complete suggested words associated with criminal behavior. If you click on those suggested searches, you will be able to find around 10,000 results that disparage or defame him.

Hiroyuki Tomita, the individual’s lawyer, has said during the interview that Google’s auto-complete feature is able to lead to job loss or bankruptcy simply by displaying search results constituting defamation.

Meanwhile, the industry observers point out that Google has really been having some problems with these kinds of cases. For example, back in 2011, when a UK citizen was falsely accused of being a pedophile in a Google Places review, the search engine had to pull it. But the UK wasn’t the only country that had problems with Google’s auto-complete. The company also had to give in to an Indian law that directed online corporations to block religiously offensive data from their search results.

In response, the search engine claimed that since Google is based in the United States, it shouldn’t be subject to Japanese legislation. It won’t be a surprise to many if Japan disagrees with this statement and succeeds with its request to kill auto-complete search function.qu