Max Mosley vs. Google over pictures with prostitutes -- Streisand in full effect

Max Mosley pictures with prostitutes Google Germany

Streisand effect affects, effectively.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has lost another European case brought by Max Mosley. He wants the pictures of him with prostitutes removed from the search engine's index.

Funny how we'd all forgotten about these salacious images, but Max has reminded us all over again. And, no, your humble blogwatcher isn't going to link to them.

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Harro ten Wolde and Nikola Rotscheroth report the case's verdict:

A German court has ordered Google to block search results in Germany linking to photos of a sex party. ... The court said [Google] was responsible as a distributor of the images: ... "The banned pictures of the plaintiff severely violate his private sphere, as they show him active in sexual practices."


[It] relates to photographs of Mosley published by the defunct British tabloid News of the World. ... Mosley has acknowledged that he engaged in sado-masochistic activity with the five women and paid them [$4,000] but denied the orgy was Nazi-themed.


The decision is another setback for Google. ... It cannot prevent others reposting them, resulting in a constant game of catch-up. ... "We believe this is contrary to European law," a Google spokesman said. ... In September, Google said it had already removed "hundreds of pages for Mr. Mosley."  MORE


This anonymous reporter, published on a Microsoft-co-owned site, barely suppresses glee:

Mosley, 73, said that after German and French legal rulings in his favour in the past two months, he also planned to take [Google] to court in California and Britain.


Mosley charged that [Google is] "arrogant" and "doing whatever it wants", adding that morally its "management is simply immature". ... Google announced it would appeal, saying the ruling had sent a "disturbing message."  MORE


And Zach Miners digs for more newsy nuggets: [You're fired -Ed.]

The Hamburg court did not allege that Google took the images, but instead identified the Internet company as a distributor of them.


The newspaper had paid one of the women to record the event with a hidden video camera. The footage was later found to show that while the participants were wearing German military uniforms, there was no evidence of a Nazi theme.


The case, however, also speaks to a larger issue faced by Internet companies: whether they should be held legally responsible for policing certain types of content. ... Internet companies sometimes walk a tricky line...balancing rights of free expression.  MORE


Meanwhile, Jeff John Roberts sounds worried:

The rulings comes as a bellwether for Europe’s concept of a “right to be forgotten,” and have implications for speech and internet freedoms. While people have long been able to seek removal of material...for reasons like defamation or copyright, the French and German decisions are different because they force Google to act like a policeman...into the role of active censor.


A “right to be forgotten” is only likely to benefit wealthy or influential people, who shouldn’t be able to destroy search results any more than they can fine bookstores for selling books that displease them.  MORE

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