p2pnet news view | Crime:- A court case in Italy involving four Google executives under criminal charges could set new rules for how video sharing websites operate, and how far they should go to control content, says the Financial Times.
“However, the two employees have become four and Italian prosecutors have ‘indicated’ they`ll press charges against them.”
According to the story, the four are: David Drummond, Google`s chief legal officer; Peter Fleischer, its “top privacy executive”; George Reyes, former chief financial officer who’s “since retired from Google”; and, Arvind Desikan, “a senior product marketing manager,” all of whom are charged with criminal defamation against a disabled boy, and with breaching the Italian privacy code.
The case arose after a video of four teenagers beating and taunting a 17-year-old disabled boy in a classroom in Turin was posted on Google’s YouTube.
Italian prosecutor Francesco Cajani, “argued that Google should have acted to prevent the broadcast of the footage and that by failing to do so it breached the disabled boy`s privacy,” says the FT, adding:
“Google maintained that it removed the video as soon as the company became aware of it, and that the group had co-operated with investigators in identifying the four boys involved.
“Google said that ‘seeking to hold neutral platforms liable for content posted on them is a direct attack on a free, open internet. We will continue to vigorously defend our employees in this prosecution’.
Financial Times – Google executives face Milan trial, June 21, 2009
p2pnet - Google in trouble over Italian bullying video, July 28, 2008
Reuters – Italy opens probe into Google over bullying video, November 24, 2006
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