Google and Facebook ordered to 'de-list' websites2011.11.30 10:35 by Daniela
Keywords: Google, Facebook
A US judge has ruled that Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook, along with other search engines and social networks, must remove links to web sites selling fake goods, marking a landmark victory against the online black market. The case was brought by luxury goods maker Chanel against 600 sites which it had identified as trading in counterfeits.
US firm GoDaddy, which manages around 45 million domain names, has been given control of the web addresses of the 600 firms. It has been told to ensure that none of the sites can be accessed.
According to Ars Technica, the investigation of the sites in question was one-sided, to say the least. Chanel simply hired an investigator to order products from three of the 228 sites in one particular batch - who ruled that they were counterfeit. The other 225 were ruled to be selling counterfeit goods on the basis of a bit of web browsing alone.
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