A Global Injunction Against Google

Michael Douglas, ‘A Global Injunction Against Google’ (2018) 134(Apr) The Law Quarterly Review 181

University of Western Australia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018

6 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2018 Last revised: 5 Apr 2018

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Michael Douglas

The University of Western Australia Law School

Date Written: March 10, 2018

Abstract

In Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc, 2017 SCC 34, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld an order which enjoined Google to de-index the websites of the defendants to an intellectual property dispute. Google offers a global service and this was a global injunction, which will impact web searches conducted anywhere in the world. As Abella J. explained for the majority (at [41]):

"The problem in this case is occurring online and globally. The Internet has no borders — its natural habitat is global. The only way to ensure that the interlocutory injunction attained its objective was to have it apply where Google operates — globally."

Keywords: Blocking injunctions, Canada, Counterfeits, Extraterritoriality, Foreign companies, Jurisdiction, Non-parties, Online infringement, Search engines

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Michael, A Global Injunction Against Google (March 10, 2018). Michael Douglas, ‘A Global Injunction Against Google’ (2018) 134(Apr) The Law Quarterly Review 181; University of Western Australia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3137526

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