Google 'not liable for defamatory comments in search results'

London-based Metropolitan International Schools (MIS) runs distance learning courses in games development under the name Train2Game. MIS filed a case, against Google's US and UK operations, over comments on the forum of a website that it claimed were defamatory and that appeared in Google's search results. The company claimed that Google was liable as a publisher […]

London-based Metropolitan International Schools (MIS) runs distance learning courses in games development under the name Train2Game. MIS filed a case, against Google's US and UK operations, over comments on the forum of a website that it claimed were defamatory and that appeared in Google's search results. The company claimed that Google was liable as a publisher of defamatory comments. Google responded that it has no responsibility for the words and comments. Mr Justice Eady ruled in a judgment in the high court that Google was a "facilitator" and not a publisher of the content. "When a snippet is thrown up on user's screen in response to his search terms, it points him in the direction of an entry somewhere on the web that corresponds. It is for him to access or not, as he chooses," Eady said.