Court Orders Google to Block Max Mosley Orgy Sex Pictures

Google has said that it will appeal against a German court ruling ordering it to block access to photos of former formula one racing chief Max Mosely’s sex orgy pictures.

The court had ruled on Friday that though Google had not captured those images but it was responsible as a search engine in distributing the pictures. The court said:

“The court is of the opinion that the banned pictures of the plaintiff severely violate his private sphere, as they show him active in sexual practices.”

This ruling has come after about two months when a French court ordered Google to devise a way to erasing ever appearing links to images of Mosely. The photographs are from his 2008 orgy with prostitutes.

The photographs were first published by British tabloid News of the World who asserted that he organized a “sick Nazi orgy.”

Mosely has acknowledged that he did get involved in the orgy with five women after paying them $4000 but has denied charges that it was a Nazi-themed orgy.

This is a set back decision for Google who has always maintained that it is just a platform for finding and searching links and can not be held responsible for policing the internet. Google can delete the links from the search engine results but can not control their appearing again.

Google has said that it would appeal the verdict and has warned that this could potentially be a troubling precedent for the tech and internet industry. A spokesman for Google said:

“It could mean that Internet providers are required to monitor even the smallest components of content they transmit or store for their users. We believe this is contrary to European law.”

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