Brazil Plans to Lock Up Google President

By Gary Cutlack on at

A judge in Brazil has issued an order to have the boss of Google Brazil arrested, in a rather intense and spectacular fight over the legality of certain YouTube videos.

The issue concerns potentially slanderous clips uploaded to the video sharing site, which are said to be offensive about a candidate in a local mayoral battle. Google is pleading the usual defence in such cases, saying it's just a humble, inoffensive distribution tool and therefore can't be held responsible for the content people choose to upload.

The judge ruled that clips, which accuse election candidate Alcides Bernal of some unspecified former crimes, go against local laws and should be removed. Since Google refuses to do so, the amazing decision to have the regional boss arrested has been taken. Google's appealing the ruling. [BBC]

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