High Court rules Google not publisher, did not defame Vic laywer

High Court rules Google not publisher, did not defame Vic laywer
The High Court has found Google did not defame Victorian lawyer George Deftero. Photo: AAP Live

Australia’s highest court has ruled Google is not a publisher, finding the internet giant did not defame a Victorian lawyer known for representing underworld figures.

The High Court on Wednesday found Google was not the publisher of a defamatory article by The Age about George Defteros in 2004, as it was a search engine that merely provided hyperlinks to such content.

“In reality, a hyperlink is merely a tool which enables a person to navigate to another webpage,” the judgment said.

The court rejected Mr Defteros’ claim that search results “enticed” the person searching the website, finding a person would already be searching for information before the result is received.

Mr Defteros had clients including gangsters Alphonse Gangitano and Mario Condello, and underworld identity Mick Gatto.

The lawyer was charged alongside Condello with the conspiracy to murder and incitement to murder killer Carl Williams, his father George and another man.

He then successfully sued Google, arguing its publication of a 2004 article about his arrest on conspiracy and incitement to murder charges – which were later dropped – defamed him.

Google was notified of the defamatory article in February 2016, but did not remove it until December that year. It was accessed 150 times between those months.

Supreme Court Justice Melinda Richards in 2020 ruled the article had implied that Mr Defteros crossed a line from professional lawyer for, to confidant and friend of, criminal elements and ordered he receive $40,000 in damages.

– AAP

News Related

OTHER NEWS

‘Ethereum Killer’ Solana Suffers Another Major Outage

The popular blockchain has suffered a handful of outages and transaction stops this year, including a string of partial outages in January. Read more »

‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Trailer Proves Power Always Comes with a Price

Stan has just released a new gripping trailer for Yellowstone season 5, reigniting fans’ interest in the Kevin Costner-led epic. Streaming service Paramount Network has also confirmed the Yellowstone season ... Read more »

Brooklyn subway feud ends in fatal stabbing; suspect flees L train in East New York

An argument aboard a Brooklyn subway train turned deadly on Friday when one of the straphangers involved slashed the other, police said. The victim, 43, got into the dispute aboard ... Read more »

What do economists think about the mini budget? Experts’ verdicts on tax cuts and Bank of England intervention

Here’s what experts think about the Government’s mini budget – and the intervention by the Bank of England. The UK’s economy has been through turmoil over the past week, prompting ... Read more »

Chile: Boric calls on Chile not to naturalize violence: «It is a priority issue

President of Chile, Gabriel Boric – AGENCIA UNO/SEBASTIAN BELTRAN GAETE The president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, has announced an increase in the security budget and has asked the country’s population ... Read more »

It Positive Sounds Like Mark Hamill Is Taking part in The Joker In MultiVersus

There’s no professional affirmation on whether or not The Joker will sign up for the roster, nor if Mark Hamill will voice the nature. For all we all know, the ... Read more »

Biochar industry fuelled by agricultural waste expected to grow

Laragon’s de-hulling plant at Lindsay Point has mounds of hulled almond waste ready to be turned into biochar. (ABC Landline: Simon Goodes) At Laragon Almonds in north-western Victoria, the processing ... Read more »

Flamingos sheltering in a bathroom for a hurricane? Call it tradition.

Flamingos sheltering in a bathroom for a hurricane? Call it tradition. As Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida on Wednesday, images of devastation dominated television news reports and social media streams. ... Read more »

Mum confesses she 'can't afford heating' so parents tell her to 'spend time in libraries' and 'always have a hot water bottle'

Parents are sharing their tips on how to keep warm after a mum confessed she can’t afford heating. She asked for tips other than wearing layers. Taking to parenting website ... Read more »

Mountain lion mauls 7-year-old boy

Mountain lion mauls 7-year-old boy A boy in California is recovering after he was mauled by a mountain lion. The attack occurred in California’s Pico Canyon Park near Santa Clarita ... Read more »

Iran mobilizes proxies to fight growing protests

IRANIANS COMMEMORATE Arbaeen in Tehran, earlier this month. Claims have surfaced in recent days that pro-Iranian regime Arab militiamen are to be found among the forces currently being used by ... Read more »

Human remains reportedly found in notorious 1964 child murder

British police on Friday said they were investigating after an author probing the notorious “Moors Murders” killing of a 12-year-old boy in 1964 claimed to have found human remains. The ... Read more »

Man Allegedly Tried to Abduct Girl from Outside School. His Parents Turned Him in After Seeing Police Photos

Thornton Police Department Suspect in surveillance video A Colorado man was charged with second-degree kidnapping Thursday after he allegedly tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl from outside her school. Diego ... Read more »

Giants rookie Cor’Dale Flott , Bears cousin miss out on special matchup

Giants rookie cornerback Cor’Dale Flott once was tackled off of a dirty pebble-lined field into the bushes by a much older kid nicknamed “BamBam.” He emerged ready to keep playing. ... Read more »

SMU Debate Students Watch Abbott and O'Rourke Face Off in Gubernatorial Debate

NBCDFW.com On a Friday night with lots of choices, a handful of SMU students stayed on campus to see if Beto O’Rourke and Gov. Greg Abbott could stay on topic ... Read more »

Virginia Gay's Cyrano couldn't be stopped by two lockdowns and has a message for our times

I still maintain that the day I interviewed the director of the Melbourne Theatre Company, Virginia Lovett, about the heart-breaking lockdown cancellation of actor, singer, comedian and writer Virginia Gay’s ... Read more »

Disgruntled Employee Backed for Quitting and Taking Whole Team With Them

Quitting employee thrilled to be leaving employer. Members of Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance forum rallied behind one employee who quit their job, and brought their entire department with them. Internet commenters were ... Read more »

Russian spy chief: we have evidence West involved in 'sabotage' of Nord Stream pipelines

Victory Day Parade in Moscow (Reuters) -Russia’s top spy said on Friday that Moscow had materials which indicated the West had a role in ruptures to the undersea Nord Stream ... Read more »

Retired cop rants about Jan. 6 being a ‘phony’ communist attack after he’s outed as an Oath Keeper

By Sky Palma Photo: lev radin/Shutterstock Two retired Indiana police officers have been named in a leak connected to the Oath Keepers militia group, WLFI reports. The group Distributed Denial ... Read more »

Mom And 3 Daughters Are Born With Rare Phenomenon That Makes Long Hair Grow Indefinitely

longhairfamily In a small-town of Illinois lives a real-life family of Rapunzels. Tere Lynn Russell’s flowing brown hair is 74 inches long, which is more than twice the normal length ... Read more »

The Serpent Queen's Liv Hill Always Had One Thing In Mind When Filming Catherine De Medici's Scenes

Jeff Spicer/Getty Images In the annals of history, there is not often anyone under more scrutiny than a woman in power. As one of the longest-reigning monarchs in French history, ... Read more »

Spirit Airlines flight makes emergency landing after apparent engine fire

Spirit Airlines flight 2077 from Baltimore to Orlando returned safely to Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport Friday nearly 30 minutes after takeoff after experiencing a “mechanical issue,” according to an initial ... Read more »

Backstage With... Big Narstie on new TV show Jungle where 'drill music is presented to you as art'

The British rapper explained that music often represents reality, adding drill musicians often do not have a life of luxury to draw upon when it comes to their art. Read more »

Why Ozzie Guillen Says Blackout Game ‘Best Experience' With White Sox

Why Ozzie says Blackout Game ‘best experience’ with Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Ozzie Guillen’s greatest achievement as White Sox manager undoubtedly was winning the 2005 World Series. ... Read more »

Richie James quietly emerging as Giants’ improbable top receiver

It now seems preposterous to think that nine weeks ago there was a question of whether Richie James would make the Giants’ 53-man regular-season roster. Once it became clear that ... Read more »

Veteran paramedic and 9/11 first responder fatally stabbed on lunch break

EMS Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling was killed in an unprovoked attack on Thursday (Pictures: AP / FDNY / Facebook) A veteran emergency medical services worker was killed while taking her lunch ... Read more »

Biden's mental sharpness is increasingly doubtful, and it's a serious issue

Biden’s mental sharpness is increasingly doubtful, and it’s a serious issue How do you know President Joe Biden is genuinely losing the mental faculties required to govern? One way is ... Read more »

Lawsuit targets absentee voting in NY with COVID excuse before November elections

New York Republicans are trying to sue prevent COVID as an excuse for absentee voting. AP New York Republicans say COVID-19 should be no excuse for voting by mail in ... Read more »

Man shot in chest during Gold Coast drive-by for 'no rhyme or reason', police say

Police at the scene of a drive-by shooting on Saturday morning. (ABC News) There doesn’t appear to be “any rhyme or reason” as to why a man was shot at in ... Read more »

Nets’ Cam Thomas has to ‘keep pushing’ to earn more minutes

Cam Thomas had a promising rookie season in 2021-22, but his playing time evaporated when the Nets added Seth Curry and then Goran Dragic. If Thomas found minutes hard to ... Read more »

Skip practice to watch PS1: Fan's suggestion leaves R Ashwin in splits ahead of Guhawati T20I

R Ashwin Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 hit the screens on Friday, September 30 and the Tamil epic is creative waves. Mani Ratnam’s film adaption of Kalki Krishnamurthy’s legendary novel of ... Read more »

Chicago Volunteers Depart for Florida to Rescue Animals Impacted By Hurricane Ian

Staff members and volunteers from animal shelters across the country are mobilizing to help rescue dogs and cats impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Many of the animals are ... Read more »

Arch Manning breaks Eli, Peyton Manning's career high school records

Arch Manning breaks Eli, Peyton Manning's career high school records Quarterback Arch Manning broke his high school's career passing yard and touchdown record on Friday, marks previously held by his ... Read more »

Optus hack exposes metadata fault lines and privacy concerns

Last Thursday afternoon, on a public holiday called to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, I got a heads-up from technology editor Nicholas Bonyhady about a breaking news story ... Read more »

New initiative helps Indigenous people reconnect with community, culture

Warning: Some of the details in this story may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. A new initiative designed to help Indigenous people who have been disconnected from ... Read more »

Teen couple killed in T-bone crash with semi-truck in Tennessee

A teenage couple died after their Jeep was T-boned by a semi-truck at a Tennessee intersection Thursday night, police said. Former high school football star Austin Moffitt, 18, was driving ... Read more »

Tenants of this public housing block thought they smelled a dead rat. It turned out to be their neighbour

Peter “Pierre” Gawronski lives in the Northcott estate in Surry Hills, Sydney. (ABC News: Teresa Tan) The first thing Peter “Pierre” Gawronski noticed was a smell. Strange smells weren’t that ... Read more »

It’s time for Mayor Adams to get on board with border security

Thousands of migrants have been bused or flown into to the city. Stephen Yang Uncompassionate. Unsustainable. Utter incompetence. That’s how anyone with commonsense would view the crisis at the southern ... Read more »

Rachel Nichols lands at Showtime, sounds off about ESPN exit

Rachel Nichols lands at Showtime, sounds off about ESPN exit Nearly a year after ESPN removed Rachel Nichols from its airwaves, the longtime NBA reporter has a new job at ... Read more »

Bette Midler Reveals Why We Never Got A First Wives Club Sequel

Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images On September 30, 2022, just in time for the start of the Halloween season, director Anne Fletcher’s “Hocus Pocus 2” premiered on Disney+. Debuting 29 years after ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network