Google has been found guilty by an Australian court for libel. The Australian court threw out an argument that Google is just a listing tool. Google did not remove a link to an incorrect website that has to do with a person name Milorad Trkulja.
Mr. Trkulja asked Google to remove a website that contains content believed to be libel against his name. Google was fined $200,000 for the infringement, but the search engine company will be appealing the decision. Below is a statement from the Australian judge about why the jury found Google guilty:
The jury were entitled to conclude that Google Inc intended to publish the material that its automated systems produced, because that was what they were designed to do upon a search request being typed into one of Google Inc’s search products. In that sense, Google Inc is like the newsagent that sells a newspaper containing a defamatory article. While there might be no specific intention to publish defamatory material, there is a relevant intention by the newsagent to publish the newspaper for the purposes of the law of defamation.
Google is considered the automated newsagent in the statement.