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Canada's Supreme Court Says Google Must Remove Search Links Worldwide

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:24 pm

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Canada's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling requiring Google to remove search results worldwide pointing to websites being operated by a technology company accused of pirating a rival's intellectual property.

The ruling is sure to come as a disappointment to rights groups who have previously noted that such a decision would essentially mean that any country has the right to enforce its laws and decisions on Internet users around the world.

In a 7-2 ruling Tuesday, Canada's highest court rejected Google's argument that forcing removal of the links represented an extra-territorial application of Canadian law and that there were freedom of expression concerns associated with such an order.

"This is not an order to remove speech that, on its face, engages freedom of expression values," the court said in its ruling. "It is an order to de-index websites that are in violation of several court orders. We have not, to date, accepted that freedom of expression requires the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods."

interesting jurisdictional situation here. does the canadian court have the authority to control actions outside of canada? it seems to think so.

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