Philip Willan reports on the trial of four Google executives in Milan. The case stems from a video depicting harassment of a disabled youth that was uploaded to Google Video and that was not pulled until two months after it was uploaded. Google claims it removed the video as soon as it was made aware of the problems:
Lawyers for Google rejected the idea that the company had legal responsibility for a controversial bullying video posted on its Italian video site as they began their closing arguments Wednesday in the privacy trial of four Google executives.
“It’s the person who uploads the video to Internet who must seek the consent of the person represented in the images. Google can’t do that,” lawyer Giuseppe Vaciago told the Milan court.
David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, Peter Fleischer, its global privacy counselor, George Reyes, the former chief financial officer, and Arvind Desikan, former head of Google Video Europe, are charged with defamation and violation of privacy for having allowed the posting of a mobile-phone video showing the harassment of an autistic youth by classmates on Google Video in Italy.
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