Norrie Ross reports:
A music promoter who was shot in the back is suing internet giant Google, alleging it branded him a crook and a member of Melbourne’s underworld.
Michael Trkulja claims that a person putting his name into Google’s search engine will be directed to websites where his name and photograph are mixed with underworld figures and crime identities.
In his lawsuit he claims a person putting his name into Google Images or using the Google search engine is directed to a gallery of alleged crooks that includes his photograph or to a website specialising in Melbourne crime.
He is suing Google, Google Australia and a Utah-based website host in the Victorian Supreme Court for damages, including aggravated damages.
In a statement of claim he says that he contacted Google in October and said all links to the allegedly defamatory material should be removed and demanded his legal costs be paid.
He says that Google has not complied with the requests and failed to provide contact details of the publishers of the defamatory material.
He is also seeking an injunction against Google ordering the removal of the material from its computers and servers.
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