Reputations at Stake – the German Federal Court's Decision Concerning Google's Liability for Autocomplete Suggestions in the International Context

Journal of Media Law, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2013, pp. 322-331

11 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2016 Last revised: 7 Mar 2016

See all articles by Corinna Coors

Corinna Coors

University of West London - Ealing Law School

Date Written: October 31, 2013

Abstract

This article discusses the German Federal Supreme Court decision in Bundesgerichtshof (Google Autocomplete) (VI ZR 269/12) on whether Google was responsible for the publication of results generated by the "autocomplete" function of its search engine that made defamatory suggestions about the claimant. It compares rulings from other jurisdictions on the liability of internet service providers for the publication of defamatory statements.

Keywords: autocomplete, search engine, defamation, Germany, Google

JEL Classification: K13, K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Coors, Corinna, Reputations at Stake – the German Federal Court's Decision Concerning Google's Liability for Autocomplete Suggestions in the International Context (October 31, 2013). Journal of Media Law, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2013, pp. 322-331. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738455

Corinna Coors (Contact Author)

University of West London - Ealing Law School ( email )

St Mary's Road
London, W5 5RF
United Kingdom

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