Google ordered to pay 500,000 dlrs to F1 racer Barrichello

November 9, 2009
Internet giant Google has been ordered to pay 500,000 dollars in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello, pictured in October 2009, for hosting fake online profiles of him on its social network Orkut.

Internet giant Google has been ordered to pay 500,000 dollars in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting fake online profiles of him on its social network Orkut.

The decision by the court in Sao Paulo was published Monday in the Brazilian state's official government gazette.

It said the damages could be raised to 700,000 dollars because of the case was lodged in July 2006, and that Google risked a daily fine of 590 dollars until the pages referring to Barrichello were removed.

Orkut, owned by , has a big following in , though it is losing some ground to a new Portuguese-language version of that has become available.

The 15th district court of Sao Paulo hearing the civil case determined that Google's responsibility was proved because it managed the site and established the rules for its use.

Media said there were more than 300 fake profiles under Barrichello's name on Orkut.

The US Internet company made no immediate comment on the judgement.

Brazilian specialists said the amount of damages was the biggest yet awarded for false web profiles and online libel.

(c) 2009 AFP

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frajo
1 / 5 (1) Nov 10, 2009
And, if someone commits a crime on the judge's estate, the judge will be convicted for that crime?
Schnarr
not rated yet Nov 10, 2009
It's all ridiculous. If you heard of the Australian case where a guy sued for defamation for a magazine printed in the states and won because it was on the internet. I think libel laws should be kept off the internet. It's not exactly like you can control and verify things like this.

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