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
Date Written: October 31, 2013
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
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