Beginning today, Google executives are on trial for defamation and privacy violation pertaining to a video posted to the Italian Google Video site, according to the New York Times. At issue is a cellphone video of a Down Syndrome boy being teased by four boys from Turin.
Italian officials say the video should never have been posted online. Of course, the Google execs say they didn’t handle the video. Google did, however, take it down when an Italian advocacy group complained that it was inappropriate.
Still, prosecutors say that the video should never have been published at all. If they win their case, the Google executives could serve jail time in Italy.
The biggest issue is that the video was posted without permission by one of the subjects of the video. European law offers this protection to subjects of video and photographs, but this poses obvious issues for online sharing sites. If these sites were required to verify every photograph and video, they would probably cease their offerings in Europe.
So, this is definitely an interesting case to watch. What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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