Permanent removal of YouTube video on hold pending appeal
A HIGH Court order to permanently remove a YouTube video clip falsely accusing a student of taxi-fare evasion has been put on hold pending an appeal.
Last May, DCU student of business and Japanese, Eoin McKeogh (23), won a court order that steps should be taken by Google, Facebook and YouTube to permanently remove the video which Mr Justice Michael Peart had found was defamatory as Mr McKeogh was not the person in it.
The judge gave the internet giants a month for its experts and Mr McKeogh's experts to come up with reports on how to remove it permanently on a worldwide basis. It was still accessible from abroad, the court heard.
The internet companies asked the judge for a stay on his order, pending appeal, claiming it was legally impermissible.
Mr McKeogh opposed the stay.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Peart said he was prepared to grant a stay, pending appeal. This was an unusual case with a novel point of law which would no doubt come before the courts again given the use of social networking sites, he said.
Mr McKeogh has obtained interim orders preventing the republishing of the clip and they are to remain in place until the appeal is heard, the judge said. The full hearing of his action for damages and other orders is still pending before the High Court.