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Defusing a Google Bomb

Steven J. Horowitz

Sidley Austin LLP

May 31, 2012

Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, Vol. 117, 2007

Anonymous internet defamation is nothing new, but the recent Autoadmit controversy highlights one particularly difficult aspect of this problem: Google bombing. As private individuals are defamed on popular anonymous message boards, searches on Google and other engines return the defamatory posts as top hits for those individuals. This short essay suggests a notice and takedown solution modeled after the DMCA's similar provisions. I argue that such a solution is much more effective for the Google bomb problem than for copyright infringement because the parties involved are much more likely to have similar legal resources than in copyright disputes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: anonymous speech, internet, defamation, autoadmit, google bomb

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Date posted: May 4, 2007 ; Last revised: October 24, 2012

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Horowitz, Steven J., Defusing a Google Bomb (May 31, 2012). Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, Vol. 117, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982849

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Chicago, IL 60603
United States
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