The Week: Media news - Google wins court ruling

Google is not liable for defamatory content contained in third-party websites that appear in its search results, a High Court judge has ruled.

In a ruling that could mark a turning point for defamation law, the judge said that as Google is a facilitator and not a publisher of content displayed in search results, charges could not be brought against it. However, he also said that the search engine is responsible for removing or blocking articles if it receives a legitimate complaint about libellous material.