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Australian man wins Google defamation suit

Oct. 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

MELBOURNE, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- An Australian man won a landmark court battle against U.S. search engine Google, which failed to remove a photo of him it posted alongside gangsters.

Google contended it wasn't guilty because the photo was posted via an automated process. But the jury found the Internet giant was responsible once it failed to take down the image after the man's lawyer contacted the company to complain in 2009, the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, reported Wednesday.

The 42-year-old man also complained that a text search of his name brought up news accounts of a 2004 unsolved killing, causing him to be ostracized by his migrant community.

The jury convicted Google of defamation in Victorian Supreme Court. A judge has withheld punishment. The man previously was awarded $225,000 from Yahoo! after a similar lawsuit.

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