Google loses gangster photograph case
Published 02/11/2012 | 05:00
An Australian man has won a landmark legal battle against Google after images of him appeared alongside a well-known underworld figure in its search results.
A jury found Michael Trkulja was defamed by the search results, which listed images of Tony Mokbel, a prominent gangland figure, during searches for Mr Trkulja.
But in 2004 he was shot in the back at a restaurant during gang wars in Melbourne, leading to images of Mr Trkulja appearing on a now-defunct website called 'Melbourne Crime'.
Google's automatic-search software linked Mr Trkulja's name to the website. Last July Mokbel was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his role in a drugs cartel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)