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Defamation and the liability of search engine providers

The following Supreme Court of NSW decision was delivered last week by McCallum J: Bleyer v Google Inc [2014] NSWSC 897http://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/action/PJUDG?jgmtid=172529.Her Honour expressly declined to follow Beach J in Trkulja v Google, and preferred the English line of cases. This was not a final decision on the merits (consideration was in the context of a permanent stay application, given low prospects of success), however the reasoning in this case is likely to be given significant weight in any future consideration of these issues. Her Honour does leave open the question, however, of whether liability may arise once notification of a complaint is received by the search engine provider. An extract: [83] The evidence before me establishes that there is no human input in the application of the Google search engine apart from the creation of the algorithm. I would respectfully disagree with the conclusion reached by Beach J in Trkulja that the performance of the function o…

The Master Switch

I have just finished reading an excellent book, called "The Master Switch" by Tim Wu.  It is not a legal book, but more of an economic history.  It has a number of references to patent law.  Well worth reading.

Privacy

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has released a revised guide to "reasonable steps" to protect personal information.
Comments due 27 August.
"Effective ICT security requires protecting both computer hardware (the physical devices that make up a computer system) as well as the data (including personal information) that the computer hardware holds from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. However, ICT security measures should also ensure that the hardware and the information stored on it remain accessible and useful to legitimate users."
http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-engaging-with-you/current-privacy-consultations/revised-guide-to-information-security-reasonable-steps-to-protect-personal-information/
However, absolute security is not only impossible but undesirable.  See for example, here and here

Letter from Amazon

Amazon wrote a detailed letter to authors, regarding e-book pricing.  See full text of letter here.

The letter asks authors to email Hachette's CEO directly.

WSJ article about the letter.