Google loses court decision on search, music piracy

Friday 20 July 2012 | 09:17 CET | News
France's supreme court, the Cour de Cassation, has judged that Google should prevent searches for song titles and artists' names from providing illegal download websites such as Torrent, Rapidshare or Megaupload, AFP reports. The court overturned a Paris court of appeals decision of May 2011 where Google successfully argued against music copyright holders' association Snep that it was not responsible for what users did with search suggestions and that its results were based on numbers of visits. The supreme court found that Google could have sought to remedy this practice by making it harder for users to find illegal download websites. The case has now been referred to the appeals court of Versailles.

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