The Goog can’t be held responsible for defamatory third party statements returned to a browser as part of a search query. In related news: British high courts were invaginated today by a semi-visible pseudopod, and subsequently ingested via pinocytosis channels so that their nutrients could be absorbed, assimilated, and egested via exocytosis from Google’s ass.
Justice David Eady ruled that Google’s Internet search engine isn’t considered a publisher under defamation law, and therefore isn’t responsible for the content of the short descriptions of Web sites that appear in Google searches.
The case was initiated by Metropolitan International Schools Ltd., an online training company based in the U.K. The company had sued Google over comments posted on Web forums accusing the training company of running a scam, an allegation Metropolitan International Schools denied, according to the judgment.
The Web forums didn’t belong to Google, but Metropolitan International Schools sued Google for publicizing the claims through its search results. In its defense, Google argued it shouldn’t be held responsible for the content of the 39 billion Web pages available on the Internet.
Justice Eady ruled that there is “no reasonable prospect of success” and dismissed the suit.